Loaded Pierogi began with a pair of friends, who just happened to be pro chefs, on a guy's weekend where a scantly packed refrigerator called for some culinary creativity. They pulled all the ingredients they could find--frozen pierogies, Brussels sprouts, and chicken, to name a few--stuck the dumplings on the bottom, piled everything high, and the first iteration of a Signature Bowl was compiled! If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, though, we pinky promise you don't have to have a chef's certificate to pull off a good meal!
Whether you're seeking prep for the day you're forced to improvise a kitchen sink meal, or you just want to know how to do it in general, here are some tips to keep in mind when you have to get creative with a sparse ingredient selection.
Fat Carries Flavor
Know why butter, oil, animal fat, and milk/cream are used so much in cooking? Because they literally make things yummier. We're not referring to the flavor of those ingredients, we mean they enhance the other flavors of the entire dish. When your kitchen is out of stock and down to the bare essentials, use one or more fatty ingredients to help make the taste pop, even if your only seasonings are salt and pepper!
Balance is Key
Speaking of flavor, you wanna do your best to balance the basics--sweet, salty, spicy, bitter, sour, and umami. The goal isn't necessarily to get all 5 in one dish, but at least 3 in there will bring a little complexity--*chef's kiss*--to your meal. Even something as basic as butter noodles can be zhuzhed with lemon and some red chili flakes to give it a little more oomph. That premier Loaded Bowl harmonized salt, bitter, and umami flavors by combining pierogis, Brussels sprouts, and chicken.
Get Weird with it
Cooking is just as much an opportunity for risk taking as anything else, so don't be afraid to go for it, slugger! It's literally how Loaded became a thing. So next time you're down to a cast of supporting characters like snack foods, canned goods, or bulk items, try out something unexpected. Use up that last cup of rice and throw on the pasta sauce you found in the back of the pantry. Make scrambled eggs and dip your tortilla chips in it. The kitchen is your oyster!
Or....Give Up and Get Loaded
We're not encouraging you to throw in the kitchen towel, but if you're struggle-bussing too much and just want something good NOW, then you can always Get Loaded!
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