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Top 5 Ingredients

  • rumgum Aug 12, 2006 06:14 PM
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Maybe it's your favorite spice or herb. Maybe it's a staple you couldn't cook without. What are your Top 5 ingredients? Could you limit yourself to only 5? What if your list couldn't include Salt and Pepper (not that you would ever exclude them from your actual cooking)... just for the sake of the list.

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  1. Onions
    Garlic
    Wine
    Fresh Herbs
    Beef

    1. Mine would be the same as Funwithfood's except I'd switch out the beef for fresh lemon juice...I use fresh lemon juice an awful lot, fresh tomatoes, too, if I could add a 6th, hee!

      1. chicken breasts
        garlic
        pasta
        olive oil
        parmesean reggiano

        1. Olive Oil
          Garlic
          Fresh Italian Parsley
          Red Wine Vinegar
          Lemon Zest and Juice

          1. Cilantro
            Mint
            Honey
            Yogurt
            Tandoori paste
            Lemons

            2 Replies
            1. re: galiana

              That's six......tee hee. You're one over the limit.

              1. re: pilotgirl210

                Well, if you wanna get technical, Tandoori paste probably has about 16 things in it.

                TT

            2. Lemons
              tomatoes
              pasta
              white beans
              olive oil

              1. 1. Pork, all pork products
                2. Chilis fresh and dried
                3. Alliums, garlic, onions, leeks etc.
                4. Cream, including butter, ghee and oil
                5. Corn, fresh, meal, masa etc.

                1. Well, I guess since I'm a bread fanatic, it would have to be five ingredients to make a basic loaf of bread.

                  flour
                  butter
                  yeast
                  sesame seeds
                  honey

                  1. 1. olive oil
                    2. garlic, onions, shallots
                    3. fresh herbs (esp sage, thyme, parsely)
                    4. goat cheese or cottage cheese
                    5. any fresh veggie (esp squash: summer or winter, and brocoli)

                    1. fresh herbs
                      tomatoes, fresh when in season, good Italian canned when not
                      garlic and onions (together.. cheating I know)
                      parmesan... ideally fresh (sometimes I only have the cheap godawful stuff to make dog treats..)
                      olive oil..

                      1. Meat
                        greens
                        flour
                        sugar
                        lemon
                        I hestiated over lemon versus fat (butter? evoo?), but I figured I could get fat from the meat and even use that with the flour and sugar to make desserts. Then you've got to have some kind of acid, even if ONLY for preventing scurvy, I mean the taste is what we really care about, no? and with the greens and lemon I've even got salad covered.
                        With my list, I think one could actually survive and with creativity, continue to be a chowhound.
                        Hey, that was FUN.

                        1. 1. Truffle oil
                          2. Goat Cheese
                          3. Reggiano
                          4. EVOO
                          5. Garlic
                          6. Herb de Provence

                          List goes on and on and on ...

                          1. I really pray I never have to limit myself to only 5 ingredients. But I could get by for a while on these:

                            Flour

                            Really good butter

                            a pig (for bacon, pork chops, ham, chitlings, drippings...)

                            eggs

                            any seasonal, local fruit

                            1. tomatos (fresh and canned)
                              Goat Cheese
                              chicken
                              garlic, onion
                              herbs

                              1. This is like a Ready, Steady, Cook! bistro bag! I'm doing it the "Candy" way (see above).

                                1. Alliums: garlic, onions, leeks etc.
                                2. Fresh Lemons
                                3. Black Truffles
                                4. Goats' cheese
                                5. A really good, Cold-Pressed, Single Estate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

                                TT

                                1. garlic
                                  tomato
                                  basil
                                  bread
                                  lemon

                                  Jenna

                                  1. I can tell you what I always run out of (besides salt and pepper):

                                    garlic
                                    cumin
                                    thyme
                                    oil
                                    wine!

                                    1. garlic/shallot/leek
                                      pig
                                      lime
                                      salt and pepper (yes, i count that as one... *grin*)
                                      evoo

                                      1. I don't think anyone said nuts. I use nuts in everything!

                                        So...

                                        nuts of any kind
                                        bread
                                        cheese of any kind (whatever happens to be in my fridge)
                                        fruit of any kind (whatever happens to be on the counter)
                                        yogurt

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: JessWil

                                          youre nuts! haha, get it? :P

                                        2. what I grab for the most when whipping something up w/o a game plan:

                                          garlic/bulb onions
                                          evoo
                                          herb--usually thyme or cumin
                                          ripe bell peppers--any color
                                          dairy--yogurt, ricotta, milk, goat cheese, casera, parm, etc

                                          it starts from there and can go anywhere, depending....

                                          1. It'ss interesting you can kind of see everyone's cultural background by their list.
                                            Mine would be

                                            oil
                                            soy sauce
                                            lemon/limes
                                            garlic
                                            sugar

                                            In Chinese cooking, there is this 'poem' that describes the essential of cooking: wood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinagar, tea. Back in the OLD days, every women needs those things to put together a decent meal :)

                                            3 Replies
                                            1. re: OnceUponABite

                                              You can? So what does that make me, OUAB?

                                              TT

                                              1. Alliums: garlic, onions, leeks etc.
                                              2. Fresh Lemons
                                              3. Black Truffles
                                              4. Goats' cheese
                                              5. A really good, Cold-Pressed, Single Estate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                rich...

                                                1. re: HeelsSoxHound

                                                  Ha, ha, ha, that's pretty funny.

                                                  TT (in a Warren Beatty voice)

                                            2. Salt and pepper
                                              Lemon - I use it in as much as I can. Sounds a little weird at first, but a little bit of fresh lemon juice and some butter to finish scrambled eggs... you'll never scramble eggs without doing it again.
                                              Herbs - chives and parsley, most frequently
                                              Eggs
                                              Dried pasta

                                              1. instead of the eversopopular lemon, i use lime
                                                dried pasta/noodle (including the instant kind)
                                                chillis
                                                green onions
                                                chicken

                                                1. olive oil
                                                  cilantro/basil
                                                  garlic/onion/shallot
                                                  lemon/lime
                                                  chili (sauce, paste, dried)

                                                  1. Hmmmmmm...

                                                    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                    Balsamic Vinegar
                                                    Garlic
                                                    Lemon/Lime Juice
                                                    Fresh Pacific Coho Salmon

                                                    It's weird to narrow it down to so few - makes you think about how many things you actually use in your kitchen!

                                                    1. Egg Whites
                                                      Ketchup
                                                      Mushrooms or Cauliflower or Eggplant (give me one)
                                                      Bragg's Amino Acids (wheat free soy sauce)
                                                      White Balsamic Vinegar

                                                      1. --some sort of smoked pork product (tasso, country ham, smoked sausage, bacon, etc)
                                                        --rice
                                                        --onions
                                                        --garlic
                                                        --dried beans (red, white, black, lentils, pintos)
                                                        I could always forage for herbs & mushrooms, couldn't I?

                                                        1. lemon
                                                          flaxseeds
                                                          yogurt
                                                          honey
                                                          garlic

                                                          1. I do predominantly Chinese cooking so ...

                                                            oyster sauce
                                                            garlic
                                                            green onions
                                                            soy sauce
                                                            cooking wine

                                                            5 Replies
                                                            1. re: peachblossom

                                                              Wait, wait, wait, . . . Cooking Wine??? WTF? I hope you meant "wine for cooking" and not that crap supermarkets sell as "cooking wine" or we'll have to revoke your CH license!

                                                              TT

                                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                                I was referring to rice wine or Shao Xing wine since those are the two I normally use for Chinese cooking. If I am feeling extremely decadent, I use Hennessey -- it imparts a really good flavor

                                                                1. re: peachblossom

                                                                  Ahh, okay, that'll save you. I've heard about the Hennessey as well, but have not used it in Chinese cooking. A good cognac is essential for a bisque though.

                                                                  TT

                                                              2. re: peachblossom

                                                                could you post some recipes with cooking wine?

                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                  Normally the wine I use is for marinating meat or for the gravy for Chinese dishes. I simply add either rice wine or Shao Xing wine to the marinade or to the gravy, about 3T or so.

                                                              3. garlic
                                                                butter
                                                                mushrooms (dried or fresh)
                                                                fresh thyme
                                                                beef

                                                                because I could actually make something with just this five!

                                                                1. Oy vey, just 5?

                                                                  1. onions
                                                                  2. olive oil
                                                                  3. good salt & pepper (c'mon, they can count as one, right?
                                                                  4. balsamic vinegar
                                                                  5. ketchup

                                                                  Yes, ketchup, the great equalizer. I use it in a lot of things to add sweetness or body...my husband was horrified when he discovered that but he loves my cooking so he holds his tongue.

                                                                  1. olive oil
                                                                    garlic
                                                                    white wine
                                                                    chicken broth
                                                                    onions

                                                                    1. coconut milk
                                                                      olive oil/butter
                                                                      tomatoes
                                                                      Eggplant
                                                                      Cheese

                                                                      1. Spanish smoked paprika
                                                                        Minced garlic
                                                                        olive oil
                                                                        canned diced tomatos
                                                                        red wine

                                                                        1. onions/garlic
                                                                          soy sauce
                                                                          lime
                                                                          fresh herbs
                                                                          noodles (can be pasta, or udon, or rice noodles, any kind)