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Mar 6, 2007 02:13 PM

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

    1 Reply
    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.

        3 Replies
        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.