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May 15, 2013 09:16 AM

The Single Most Underrated Dish

Great thread on the most overrated dish: .

What's the one food that SHOULD get the love and doesn't?

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      1. re: sandylc

        Stirring the pot, I see. How appropriate on chowhound.

      2. re: Bkeats

        You confused me. I thought I had read this already :)

      3. Mashed potatoes. No lumps, no skin, no garlic, no Just Add Water.

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          1. re: PotatoHouse

            One of my favorite things in the world. I'll only eat it maybe twice a year because when I do, I stuff myself simple.

            1. re: Christina D

              It's also expensive! When I was a kid, SOS on toast was a frequent treat because it was so cheap. Found some in Ralphs yesterday and it was almost $6! And I'll swear the jars have gotten smaller too!

              What I love most is that with chunks of boiled egg in it. O yum.

              1. re: Will Owen

                If you get hard-up, Stouffer's frozen version isn't too bad.

              2. re: Christina D

                ...followed by a carbo-induced coma. I know.

              3. re: PotatoHouse

                I'm aching to try this, but have never seen it. Is it in the canned meats section of the grocery store?

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  Yes it is, the beef itself is in small glass jars. but you can also find it premade in the frozen section.just look for Stouffer's brand.

                  1. re: PotatoHouse

                    What do you do to the jarred stuff to make it palatable?

                    Also, is the Stouffer's any good?

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      yes, the stouffers stuff remind me a lot of the cream chipped beef I grew up with as a Navy kid. it's also a good way to get your first try of it to see if you like it or not.
                      the Armour brand chipped beef in a jar is pretty basic. You rinse the chipped beef to remove some of the pre serving salt, it also helps to rehydrate the meat some, and then you chop it up and put it in a basic white sauce. I'm pretty sure the recipe is on the jar, but if it isn't I just found it at the website.

                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                        Yes, in a pinch. If you buy the beef in a jar, taste it before shredding and adding it to your cream sauce. It can be quite salty and you might want to pour some boiling water over it to leach out some of the salt. Chipped beef also comes in a plastic packet. The brand is Carl Buddig. That is usually refrigerated ( I think). The stuff in a jar is Armour.

                        1. re: Candy

                          I tried the Armour yesterday. I rinsed the stuff in warm water first, and while salty, it was not overpowering because I scarcely salted the bechamel.

                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                            So what did you think? Do you like it? be honest.

                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                              Sure did. I'll definitely eat this again in the future.

                            2. re: Perilagu Khan

                              When my mom would make it when i was a kid, she always made it with those Knorr white sauce packets.

                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                I've never even seen those. Heck, white sauce is so easy to make. Equal parts butter and flour whisked together over a medium fire and then add milk to your desired thickness, stirring over a low flame. Then a little S&P.

                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  Yeah, I know. My Mom was culinary challenged. She took every shortcut that she could.

                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                    "My Mom was culinary challenged. She took every shortcut that she could."

                                    My mom wasn't but she still used such convenience items now and then. She cooked for us 7 days a week; who could begrudge her cutting corners when she could? Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                      I tried to keep this at just "recommend" but I'll follow up with "hell yeah."

                                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                                        No, she just knew her limitations. She had about 4-5 go to meals that were often repeated.

                                        1. re: TroyTempest

                                          I'm sure it was either lack of time or lack of interest. Anyone who can read can cook. If they have the time or interest.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            I have to disagree. MOST people can cook, just like most people can sing (decently) and most people can understand an M. Night Shyamalan movie. There are those (like my first ex-wife) who are the exceptions that prove the rule.

                                              1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                I'm glad you 2 know my Mom so well. If she were still alive we'd ask her. I think she thought the white sauce too complex, and nobody complained. I mean it's on dried chipped beef for god's sake. How good does it have to be?
                                                FWIW, she also used success rice, and every Lawry's seasoning packet she could get her hands on.

                                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                                  Nothing wrong with Lawry's, man. It's good in pimento cheese, among other things.

                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                    Oh, i dig the seasoned salt. But, if i remember correctly they also had these seasoning packets, like taco seasoning, as well as some others i think, to add to ground beef, etc.

                                                      1. re: TroyTempest

                                                        Lawry's seasoned salt on chicken breasts tastes great, lived off that in college and when I worked my first couple of jobs out of college!

                                                        1. re: Bunson

                                                          It has been years but that is what Waffle house would use on the chicken breasts for the seasoning. Great drunk food.

                                                  2. re: PotatoHouse

                                                    "just like most people can sing (decently)"

                                                    Thst is absolutely NOT true.

                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                      Sure it is. After I've had enough to drink, I'm a frickin' AWESOME singer!

                                                      1. re: ricepad

                                                        I can play a few different instruments - even been in a band. However, the only chance I have of bein' an awesome singer is when everyone else is the room has had enough to drink (I mean a lot, a real lot).

                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                          At that point, you, too, approach awesomeness.

                                                          1. re: ricepad

                                                            My wife made me soundproof the shower.

                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                              That's because there's only so much awesomeness she can take at one time. Don't sell yourself short, brah!

                                                      2. re: ttoommyy

                                                        Ready to cry? Here's a sob story!

                                                        When I was a small child, every time I sang my mother laughed at me.

                                                        I stopped singing and developed a mortal fear of anyone hearing me sing!

                                                        Sometimes I wonder if I might have an amazing singing voice, but I will never know.......

                                                        The world has missed out on my beautiful voice!

                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                          Here's a suggestion: Go to a place where you know you're alone and noone can hear you. Record yourself singing. Play it back to yourself. Decide if you have an amazing singing voice or not. If not, destroy the recording.

                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                            Good idea. I did that in '91. The tape went "Mission Impossible" on me . . . .

                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                              Killed it dead, huh? My fear, exactly.

                                                            2. re: AmyH

                                                              One potential flaw in your plan is that after having consumed the requisite quantity of drink you may no longer have the ability to operate the recording device.

                                                              1. re: ricepad

                                                                I could polish off a liter of tequila and a six pack and still be able to operate an eight track and play guitar. Even then, however, I can't sing worth a shit.

                                                2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                  A good cook I know says that the Knorr sauce packets do have a benefit; one can use much less butter or other fat with them.

                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                    Knorr White Sauce:

                                                    Wheat Flour, Soybean(s) Oil Partially Hydrogenated, Salt, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Potato(es) Starch Modified, Whey Protein Concentrate, Corn Protein Hydrolyzed, Sugar, Corn Starch, Cream, Whey, Onion(s) Powder, Butter Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Spice(s), Guar Gum, Flavor(s) Natural, Soybean(s) Lecithin, Annatto and, Turmeric (Color(s))

                                                    Seriously? And what's exactly wrong with butter/fat? Especially compared to the chemistry experiment above?

                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                      The good cook isn't me, and finds it more important to limit his butter/fat intake, for medical reasons. It is indeed an impressive "better living through chemistry" list.

                                    1. A simple bowl of spaghetti tossed with a good olive oil, Italian parsley, and a handful of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

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                                      1. re: grampart

                                        I like past al dente pasta with cottage cheese, butter, and pepper.