My guilty secret: I deliberatly burn certain foods for the browned, crispy edges!
I admit it. I like to overcook certain foods so that I can nibble at the burned edges. I do it to enchilada casserole, mac and cheese and potato kugel. I even sometimes do it to brownies and cookies too. Does anyone else do this? What do you like to overcook?
sauteed onions. fried chicken. potato latkes. and i love to overcook ratatouille. love the mush eggplant turns into.
Sounds like an oxymoron, but I make easy-over eggs with burnt edges, and half-burnt English muffins and half-burnt bacon.
I like to make my grilled cheese with shredded cheese, which I let drip over the side of the bread and burn to a crisp in the pan.
Sometimes I just microwave mozzarella cheese until it turns hard and burn-y, then eat it like hard, cheesy cracker.
I let my rice cooker stay on warm too long so my rice gets a hard, burnt bottom.
Sometimes, I let the popcorn stay in the pot just a nano-second too long so some of it burns a bit.
And I love a piece of burnt-edge lasagna.
I keep a plumber's torch by the stove so I can finish off things that aren't burned enough. If I make pizza and the cheese doesn't have a few dark spots but the crust is perfect, running the flame over the top fixes that just fine. Also works well on onion toppings that aren't sufficiently singed.
I will sometimes lay out stoned wheat thins and other crackers on a cookie sheet and flame the edges to a nice brown. It's easy to brown home-made breads enough in the oven so they don't need the torch.
A commercial product that appeals to some charophiles is the Utz Extra Dark Special which are well-done pretzels.
What a great idea to keep the torch there! I have a little one for creme brulee, so I might have to try that.
I know this is weird, but I like to overcook frittatas. Not much, but just enough so all the parm I put on top gets nice and crispy to contrast the soft egginess. YUM!
Also, ditto to all the crispy cheesy edges!! Grilled cheese, mac n cheese, quesadillas. Oh geez, now I'm hungry!