Friday, September 16, 2011

The Secret's In The Sauce

I made fried rice for dinner the other night. It's great for using up leftover vegetables and meat. Three things I always include (4, if you count rice) -- garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Everything else is up for grabs. Vegetables? Whatever is on hand. Meat? Only if there are leftovers.

Fried rice is a family favorite that over the years seems to have gotten tastier and tastier. I think it's the sesame oil that has the most impact. Sesame oil is used for flavoring, not cooking. It's added after the dish is mostly done cooking, unlike other oils that are used as a cooking medium. You can find it in the Asian food section of your grocery store.

It got me thinking, what are other dishes I make that have that single must-have ingredient? There were a few. So here's the first installment of . . .

"The Secret's In The Sauce".

Fried Rice - sesame oil
Chicken Noodle Soup - poultry seasoning
Shepherd's Pie - steak sauce (A-1 style)

What's your secret?  Any special ingredient you're willing to share?