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?