Article Image

5 Tips for Adding Flavor

  • Minced garlic is a standard in Italian recipes, but garlic presses can be tough to clean. Instead, try rubbing a clove over a microplane for very finely minced garlic.
  • Freshly grated nutmeg can enhance any pasta dish featuring cheese or a white sauce. Add it to your next recipe and see if your diners ask the secret ingredient.
  • Keep a “rind bag” in your freezer to store the ends of Parmigiano-Reggiano wedges. Adding one or two pieces to any soup recipe deepens the flavor. Just remember to remove the rind before serving.
  • Fresh lemon juice adds a bright finish to Italian dishes. A medium to large lemon yields about two to four tablespoons of juice. Get more out of them by warming in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  • Dijon mustard can be stirred into pan sauces or smothered on a cut of meat like lamb chops before cooking to add some zing.