From cornbread mix to cream of mushroom soup, these pantry products are our go-tos for Thanksgiving. As you shop for your Turkey Day feast over the next few days, keep an eye out for these 10 products, so you can grab tried and tested items that are guaranteed to raise your dishes to the next level. We've used and loved these products for years, and now it's your turn.
Umami, a quality of meaty savoriness that brings depth to many dishes, is widely considered the fifth taste. These 12 umami-enhancing ingredients boost the flavor of whatever we're cooking.
Season 11 of Top Chef premieres on Bravo tonight, and what better way to get into the competition — which takes place in New Orleans — than by stocking your larder with The Big Easy's most iconic food items? Although many of these specialties, from hot sauce and seasoning blends to beignets and chicory coffee, are local food favorites, you can find a surprising number of them online, and they're ready to be shipped straight to your belly.
If all of the ingredients and flavor combinations present in Brazilian food make your mouth water, consider stocking up on some pantry essentials that will help you delve into creating the cuisine at home. While much of the dishes are based on fresh fish, meat, and vegetable, there are some staple ingredients that are relatively easy to get your hands on. Click through to start building your Brazilian pantry.
While everyone I know seems to be on an almond butter kick, one of my favorite peanut butter alternatives is tahini. Spread on toast, dipped in apples, and used in my favorite vegan alfredo sauce, tahini has many versatile applications beyond homemade hummus.
Making it couldn't be easier. The trick is toasting the seeds prior to processing, which bolsters their natural nuttiness, lending a complex, toasted flavor that's reminiscent of browned butter. Just be sure to diligently set your kitchen timer and check the seeds often, because they burn fast! Now that I have all this leftover tahini, I'm thinking it calls for a batch of tahini cookies . . .
8 ounces (about 1 cup) sesame seeds
1/4 cup olive oil, more if needed
Salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread sesame seeds on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, and bake for 6 minutes. Mix and respread sesame seeds, and return to oven for 6 to 8 minutes more, or until sesame seeds are fragrant and golden brown. Immediately transfer toasted seeds to a separate bowl to prevent carryover cooking.
- Add sesame seeds to the bowl of a food processor and grind for 1 minute, or until seeds have broken down. While processor is on, drizzle in olive oil, and continue to grind for 1 or 2 minutes more, or until a smooth paste forms. If mixture is too dry, then add more olive oil, 1 teaspoon at a time. Season to taste. Transfer tahini to a mason jar, and store in the fridge for up to one month.
- Condiments/Sauces, Other
- Makes one 10-ounce jar
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
The next time a craving for sushi, soba, tonkatsu, or other Japanese dishes strikes, try your hand at whipping up one of these delights at home instead of dining out. But before you begin, it's time to take to your local Asian supermarket (or shop online) to stock up on the basics; keep reading for a rundown of pantry staples.
Never experimented with fleur de sel, herbes de Provence, or French lentils? That's OK, because we're going to share our favorite products to bring that much-needed je nais se quoi to your table. For those not too familiar with French cuisine, it relies heavily on ingredients like butter, fresh fines herbes (translation: fine herbs), and citrus like lemon, but despite the use of predominantly perishable items, there are a number of pantry staples each Francophile should keep in the kitchen. Store the best of France in your cupboard with these 10 essentials.
Asian supermarkets can be equal parts intoxicating and intimidating to those unfamiliar with their wares. Thankfully, Andrew Zimmern has come to the rescue: After demoing how to make classic Chinese dishes like dumplings and hand-pulled noodles at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Zimmern answered a few crowd questions; one regarded his five must-buy ingredients from the Asian supermarket. Rather than stop at five, Zimmern enthusiastically rattled off seven; keep reading to see what he suggests seeking out.