Trying out recipes that sound kind of gross

The first recipe I remember as an adult that fit this category was egg and onion soup from Help! My apartment has a kitchen!  The name sounds awful.  But this turns out to be a quick and amazingly delicious soup that became part of our regular rotation until our children started mobilizing against diced tomatoes.  It’s a comfort food that blends different textures and feels healthy without tasting too vegetal.

Most recently we bit the bullet and made eggs sardou Cooking Light style (so hard boiled eggs instead of poached and a faux hollandaise).  Basically:  frozen artichoke hearts, spinach, green onions, with sliced hard boiled eggs on top, then covered in a roux that has a touch of thyme, pepper, and Parmesan.  Finished with Parmesan and paprika sprinkled on top.  It came out and looked terribly healthy.  But… it actually tasted good.  Hard boiled eggs, cooked spinach and all.  And it didn’t make me feel at all gross like eggs Benedict recipes often do.

This has me wondering if I should try the next appetizer in the Gourmet Magazine cookbook— it is a chicken liver pate (we’re in the crostini section).  I am not a fan of liver in any form (disclaimer:  have not tried foie gras) and hate the smell of it being cooked.  (One of my grandmothers LOVED calf liver and onions, and although I loved my grandma, I did not love that dish.)  But maybe it’s worth a try?  [Update:  it was ok– the first taste was kind of yummy, then it was ok, but then I didn’t like the aftertaste.  So not as horrifying as I’d predicted, but also not something I feel the need to make again.]

Have you tried out any foods lately that sounded gross but turned out to be ok, even good?  Have your tastes changed as you’ve aged?

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16 Responses to “Trying out recipes that sound kind of gross”

  1. SP Says:

    I had sardines (canned) on bread w/avocado/salsa for lunch the other day. It was ok – not great, but better than expected. (I’m trying to experiment with less expensive low-mercury seafood and someone was raving about sardines.) We’d had fresh anchovies on bread with aioli before and liked that, so it wasn’t a huge stretch. Something about them being canned weirds me out a bit. I have one more can to try something with…

  2. Leah Says:

    I had a boyfriend in college who loved this strange recipe. It has ramen noodles (but none of the seasoning, or very little?), sesame oil, green grapes, and sliced deli ham. I could do without the ham, but the grapes and noodles were surprisingly good.

    I am sadly not too adventurous in eating these days.

  3. delagar Says:

    OT, but I bought the “Help, My Apartment Has a Kitchen!” for my kid after reading about it here. Big success!

  4. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Today my co-worker tricked me into trying a snack that she said was good but was NOT good.

  5. Debbie M Says:

    No, I never try recipes that don’t sound good, at least not without getting rid of the bad-sounding parts. However, I do use recipes that I know are for foods that I like, even though they look pretty gross during an intermediary stage. Like French toast, things with batter, scrambled eggs.

  6. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    Herring under a fur coat: herring, beets, mayo, carrots, potatoes, onion, and eggs. All boiled and grated, except the herring and onion which are just chopped and the mayo which is just mayo. Sounds super weird, tastes surprisingly great.

  7. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I recently tried a bagged chopped salad which included sliced raw Brussels sprouts and raddichio and broccoli and probably kale, with a sweet dressing. It was surprisingly delicious and I started making it myself.

    I hated lima beans until I had some fresh ones in a farm share.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I have also recently had that experience with sliced raw Brussels sprouts (I am not a fan of cooked Brussels sprouts). Surprisingly good. I may have had the same bagged salad. :)

  8. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    I actually started out eating a lot weirder things growing up than I eat now, thanks to being an immigrant’s kid, but I have added more foods to my overall diet: tomatoes, yogurt, bananas, mushrooms.

    That egg and onion soup sounds delicious to me :)


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