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Need recipes that dirty every dish in the house

I just got my first-ever dishwasher (yippee!) and I want to celebrate by cooking. A lot. With all my dishes and utensils. I want to be messy and recklessly extravagant, dirty-dish-wise.

After four decades of washing dishes by hand, not to mention choosing recipes based on how few bowls, pans, and utensils they use, I want to make something that will dirty every dish in the house except the rice cooker (the insert is aluminium and can't go in the dishwasher).

What are your favorite recipes that use a lot of dishes?


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  1. Anything that requires passing greasy sauce through a chinois.

    Or you could just invite my husband over. Lol

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    1. re: LizATL

      lol! If you have a hankering for french toast my husband can come over and use every, pot, pan and dish you own. Mind you, he won't actually put the dishes into the dishwasher. . .ever.

    2. something that requires breading is good, because you need a plate for the flour mixed with S&P, a plate for the bread crumbs (maybe mixed with parmesan cheese) and a bowl of egg wash - so breaded chicken or veal or eggplant that is then pan fried would be good.

      1. Baking's good, too. I suggest a multi-layer lemon cake with some sort meringue-y topping. Right off the top, I see multiple mixing bowls, cooking racks, measuring spoons, measuring cups, whisks, staging bowls, a zester/microplane, baking pans, serrated knives, spatulas, mixing spoons, and an egg separator (if you're fancy).

        Plus the backsplash if you're not careful with the mixer and the powdered sugar.

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        1. re: heatherkay

          yes, and bake something that has to be dipped in chocolate - bowl for the chocolate and then a plate or pan to set the dipped cookies or fruit on to set (on wax paper, but be messy and get the plate or pan dirty too)

          1. re: pescatarian

            How about orange meringues dipped in chocolate?

            1. re: heatherkay

              And it is a must to temper the chocolate-that is at least a two bowl job!

        2. Anything in Julia Child's Cookbooks or the French Laundry Cookbook!

          1. First of all, Congratulations! Very happy for you!

            I do not offer a recipe but a suggestion. I dirty up the most dishes when I cook a few different meals at once in order to fill the freezer. I cook like mad for the better part of a day and make one heck of a mess, but it is so great to have frozen meals on the ready.

            Have fun doing dishes tonight. I know you will. :)

            had to laugh at LizAtl offering her husband because my first thought upon reading your post was that you didn't need a recipe, you needed only to have my kids over.

            1. You're crazy! Even with a dishwasher, I still hate to do dishes! :-)

              This Chicken Pot Pie recipe would be good... I know, 'cause I made it this weekend! http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/r...
              1. Pan to roast chicken breasts (of course, I used foil!
              )2. Saucepan to keep chicken stock warm
              3. Dutch oven to make the pot pie base in
              5. Food processor to make dough in
              4. Numerous bowls/ ramekins to make individual pot pies in (I think I should get bonus points for individual serving recommendation!)

              1. I've got two words for you: Thanksgiving Dinner. So what it's March...you'll use everything in your house and more! We average probably 4 complete loads before dessert each holiday. Go crazy!

                1. pan sear something and serve it over sauteed vegetables with an aioli you made in your food processor.

                  1. When my husband makes chicken parm or chili, it looks like a tornado hit our kitchen so either of those might work.

                    You might also try making something with a lot of ingredients that need to be prepped in a certain way such as an Asian soup or stir fry or something Tex-Mex. Lots of cutting boards and ingredient bowls! Have fun.

                    1. Are you crazy, Girlfriend?? I'm more than willing to loan you my husband for a week and you'll be as sick of your dishwasher as you are sick of doing dishes by hand.....tee hee. That man can't fry an egg without dirtying everything in sight! I clean as a cook, so by the time dinner's on the table, all I have left to put into the dishwasher are the plates, glasses and flatware from the table. Oh well, he tries. But if you need someone to name every general who fought in a war 400 years ago, he's your guy!! Congrats on the new toy and happy cooking!!

                      1. Easy ladies ! Sure us guys use 17 different knives, 4 cutting boards, 14 plates, and 6 pans to make a grilled cheese but it sure taste good and our real concern is to avoid cross contamination for our loved ones !

                        1. Try Julia Child's recipe for Coq au Vin in Mastering the Art of French Cooking volume 1. It's really three or four separate recipes and requires you to use lots of pans and utensils. It's also one of the best recipes that I've ever used and the results are spectacular.

                          You can find the recipe(s) here: http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/enew...

                          1. Nothing like trying to cook a chicekn or veal or EGGPLANT parmigian, and making the sauce, and some sides. If you don't stop and clean up, it will get everything. It makes a mess just dredging the meat or eggplant. Eggplant getas more dirty if you salt it and let it sit before hand.

                            1. A normal Japanese meal for a few people: about 6 courses including different quick pickles: maybe miso soup, teriyaki chicken (cooking pans + marinade dishes), shabu shabu, makisushi (which can require quite a number of component parts), rice cooked in a pot, cucumber in soy sauce and lime juice pickles, daikon and carrot sweet pickles, simple melon slices for dessert. What will add to the dishwasher joy is that each course is served in a separate dish or plate for each guest. You'll have to cycle about 6 batches.

                              1. Do I have to be the lone dissenting voice of reality here? The bad news is that no matter how great your dishwasher is (and I share your joy at getting a new one - mine is a year old and I'm still celebrating how wonderful it is) there will still be some items that just don't get clean in it. Or you will find that taking up 1/4 of the top rack with a grungy pot just isn't worth the space/labour ratio. So with most of the recipes listed above, you'll still have a sinkful of dirty dishes to do by hand.

                                But this is a good time to do a really neurotically obsessive mise-en-place. The salt in one tiny dish, the cinnamon in another, a tablespoon of oil in another, a glob of butter, a splosh of wine - you can use a whole cupboardful of bowls in no time.

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                                1. re: Nyleve

                                  I don't think the OP is looking for reality here. She wants to go nuts with her new dishwasher and experiment. She'll find out what its good for and what it's not, by doing that.

                                  1. re: pescatarian

                                    I knew that. I just wanted to be a curmudgeon.

                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                      >> I don't think the OP is looking for reality here. She wants
                                      >> to go nuts with her new dishwasher and experiment.

                                      Yes, exactly! There's time enough for reality later.

                                      Actually, I've already come to terms with the fact that I'll still need to hand-wash dishes, especially since I do almost everything in cast iron pans and use wooden spoons. (Not to mention the rice cooker.) And when I come down from the "new dishwasher high," Nyleve's post will help me resist downsizing my dishpan and dish-drying rack, much as I would like to.

                                      And I love the idea of obsessive mise-en-place. In fact, I love all the ideas here! But I don't need to borrow anyone's husband or kids - my husband-the-hand-dishwasher says I'm already a pro at dirtying lots of dishes, even when I'm trying not to!

                                      Oh, I'm going to have so much fun this weekend!


                                      1. re: Nyleve

                                        I am in your camp, Nyleve. I got a new dishwasher two years ago and the saddest day was when I couldn't fit everything into it. My d/w does a great job however ever since that day I have scrutinzed its capacity.

                                        1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                          After many (many - you don't want to know how many) years of hectoring, my husband has finally begun to hand-wash what's left in the sink after dinner almost every night. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to load the dishwasher, stack up the pots and pans and leave him with the mess. Therefore, you can probably imagine how carefully I assess the dishwasher's capacity - small dishes in, big pots out.