I am definitely a 'slow food' kind of chef, but I have been thrilled to find some pre-made sauces etc, that are unusually excellent.
Trader Joe's Cuban Mojito Sauce. I sear pork shanks on all sides, add and sautee some chopped onion and garlic, pour this Mojito sauce over to almost cover the shanks, cover and put in 350 degrees oven for 2-3 hours. The flavor needed NO adjustment from me, which is truly astounding. The same perfection I've found in Tr.Joe's Moroccan Simmer Sauce, which i pour over sauteed trout or bass or cod or skate and simmer until done.
Tr. J's Salsa with Corn and Black Bean. I sautee whole okra 5-10 minutes or so, pour this over and simmer 30 min? until okra is tender. I also steam Tr J's tamales (I prefer the Chicken and Cheese and Green Chile and Cheese)and pour this simmered Salsa over the tamales and serve.Great with Eggs for Brunch!
I have only been able to find the Asia Home Gourmet line when I vacation on the west coast. Their Laksa mix is terrific. I just add it to coconut milk and then add scallops and shrimp, julienned snow peas, red pepper, carrot, onion,cooked brown rice or noodles, and simmer til done.Takes me back to Beetlenut in San Fran.and Wild Ginger in Seattle.
The MTR line of vacuum sealed pouches of prepared Indian vegetarian dishes- is a wondrously varied world of ready to eat meals.Unlike the experience of 'everything tasting the same' , each of these dishes is completely different.They help one realize that in the u.s., we typically only have access to a tiny bit of the huge and diverse world of indian cuisine. At $1.50 a package, it's really fun to experiment. I find this line at the better Indian markets.
Anyone else have treasured ready- made products with little- to- no need for adjustment?