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Whats your cheat ingredient or recipe you would be ashamed to reveal?

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notamumyetbutoneday Tue 14-Apr-09 12:09:19

Mine is pasta caronara- with the sauce bit made from adding any old grated cheese (usually cheddar blush) to creme fraiche til it melts. Absolutely gorgeous, everyone loves it but I would be soo ashamed to reveal that my carbonara sauce contains cheddar cheese!

Whats your secret?!

Tommy Tue 14-Apr-09 12:12:12

I can't make white sauce - so I use granules That's more shaming that making up a perfectly good sauce recipe that everyone loves!!

lucysmam Tue 14-Apr-09 12:13:54

yorkshire puds from the frozen aisle!! I can't do yorkshire puds to save my life, they always end up burnt, or rock solid, or flat as a pancake, no matter what I try

notamumyetbutoneday Tue 14-Apr-09 12:15:26

I cant make white sauce either! thats why i use creme fraiche and cheddar...millions of italian mammas must be turning in their graves as we speak.

for a mushroom sauce i use a tin of condensed mushroom soup with a little milk and white wine if we have any. I have to say, it tastes exactly the same as the very expensive tub of fresh mushroom sauce I bought from M & S when the PILs came.

notamumyetbutoneday Tue 14-Apr-09 12:16:09

Oh god yes frozen yorkshire puds- what would i do withiout aunt bessie? i can testify though that her apple pie is not pleasant.

Curiousmama Tue 14-Apr-09 12:16:30

lucysmam you need to borrow my dp his are lovely smile

I sometimes add a tin of lentils to minced beef based meals to make it stretch if I have unexpected visitors.

Your 'cheat' sounds nice notamumyetbutoneday, think I'll try it.

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:17:05

Chilli con carne using Morrison's kidney beans in chilli sauce. I make it in the usual way using proper ingredients but instead of using plain kidney beans use these. Everyone loves it!

notamumyetbutoneday Tue 14-Apr-09 12:17:53

ooh thats a good tip king rolo! does that mean they you dont drain the kidney beans before adding them to the chilli?

lucysmam Tue 14-Apr-09 12:17:54

Is he free on Sunday Curiousmama? About 3pm ish? grin Could do with some nice yorkshires to go with the joint we're treating ourselves to

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:20:06

I use soups for sauces sometimes too notamumyetbutoneday, works well and nobody can ever tell. smile

I have never had a problem with Yorkshire puddings. Maybe because I'm a Yorkshire lass?

HopeForTheBestExpectTheWorst Tue 14-Apr-09 12:20:56

Carbonara isn't a white sauce of any kind - it's egg yolks with parmesan and bacon.
So what you're actually making is not a cheat at all - it's a rather clever and delicious-sounding sauce that you need to give some fabulous italian-sounding name to!!!

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:21:08

You just tip the whole tin in the pan - works a treat!

HopeForTheBestExpectTheWorst Tue 14-Apr-09 12:22:23

Forgot to add that my cheat ingredient is putting soy sauce into pretty much anything that needs extra flavour in it!

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:23:14

Oh, here's another! (I'm not a good cook - can you tell grin?).

Philadelphia instead of proper cheese sauce in pasta dishes. Works really well with bacon and leeks.

notamumyetbutoneday Tue 14-Apr-09 12:23:27

he he thank you HopefortheBest- Im thinking spaghetti a la cheddarino?

lucysmam Tue 14-Apr-09 12:29:37

KingRolo, I'm a Yorkshire lass too, just rubbish at yorks puds. Philly with bacon & leeks as a sauce for pasta sounds a good one

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 14-Apr-09 12:32:00

Pork steaks/chops (or whatever) in barbecue sauce. Just splash the meat with Worcestershire sauce, then a dollop of whatever bottle of table barbecue sauce you have in the fridge (used Sainsbury's own), turn so that the meat is coated and then roast slowly in the oven till lovely and sticky.

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:37:34

Mmm, bbq chops sound nice!

mollyroger Tue 14-Apr-09 12:39:22

big blob of tomato ketchup in bolognaise/shepherds/pie/beef stew sauce....

Tillyscoutsmum Tue 14-Apr-09 12:41:19

I always use frozen chopped onions in most recipes because I hate chopping onions blush

HopeForTheBestExpectTheWorst Tue 14-Apr-09 12:44:12

spaghetti a la cheddarino : oh yes, I can see this being on the Daily Specials at my local Italian...

mollyroger Tue 14-Apr-09 12:45:06

ok, we need a yorkshire pudding masterclass here....

1: buy new non-stick yorks pud tins. go on, do it now!

2: Make mix in advance ( 4 tablespns plain flour, pinch salt, 1 egg, half pint milk. Mix well. PUT IN FRIDGE!

3: Put oil in tins in hot oven for around 10 mins. Then add your fridge cold mix. Put in oven for at least 20 mins before you even think about opening oven door to check on roast .

35 mins later, take out gorgeous fluffy yorkshires.

KingRolo Tue 14-Apr-09 12:46:27

Lol HopeForTheBest. You must live near me. grin

LastOrders Tue 14-Apr-09 12:47:44

I second the bob of tomato sauce in bolognaise/shepherdspie etc + a dash of worchester sauce too.

My worst cheat is to pour a made up packet of Schwartz mushroom, garlic and cream sauce over chicken, leeks and brocolli, cover with fresh breadcrumbs and cheese and bung it in oven.

The salt content in the sauce must be criminal blush

LastOrders Tue 14-Apr-09 12:48:42

blob not bob!

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