Worst kitchen screwup.
If you haven't screwed up a recipe or cooking process then you may not have cooked much. Tell me yours I'll tell you mine.
How about no marsala for the chicken marsala? I used vermouth. Not even close. Don't know if the client knew the difference, they never complained.
One time, when I used to cook at the client's, (thank GAWD those days are over), I brought everything for the cornbread, but I forgot the cornmeal.
Made bread a couple days ago, and I swore I had put the oven temp at 425 F and well lets just say that it wasn't ready for lunch...*sigh*
Mine had a happy ending....
My first time making muffins (for 200 - cooked for a retreat center a while back) they didn't set properly and we had 'Bread Pudding'
This led to a new kitchen motto - "we don't make mistakes - we just change the name!"
The best part was people coming into the kitchen to say they loved the bread pudding!
Almost hard to keep a straight face..
I was having a Moroccan-themed dinner party and the soup I made burned on the bottom. It was a lentil and lamb soup made in a HUGE pot so that burnt flavor ended up being throughout the entire soup. So, when we served it, we told each guest that they'd detect a delicate "smokey" flavor. I had 30 guests, and almost EVERYONE asked for seconds!!! Hee, hee, hee!!
Not a cooking or recipe error, but definitely my worst kitchen screwup.
I took a 9" by 9" Pyrex casserole dish full of enchiladas out of the oven. I set them down on the stove top and thought "these will be nuclear hot -- I'll just let it sit here for a second to cool off." I went into the next room to check my email.
By the way, did I mention that one of my cast-iron burners on my electric stove was on high? I had planned to boil some water for rice or something, then changed my mind. And that the burners never had any light or glow-y indicator to say they were on high? Oh -- and that I set the casserole on that burner?
I heard a weird noise, smelled a weird smell, then a very loud CRACK-BOOM. When I went into the kitchen, there was tempered glass and enchilada on all exposed surfaces.
This was two years ago, and I am still finding little pieces of glass in odd places. And the stove has been replaced with one that gives some indication when a burner is on (other than checking the knobs).