5 Easy Recipes That Each Include One Obscure Ingredient You Don’t Have

Looking for a dish that’s both a crowd-pleaser and easy to make? These five recipes use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, except for one strange item that’ll send you on a scavenger hunt from supermarket to supermarket!

1. Chicken Tenders With Porcini Mushroom Powder Breading

2 raw chicken breasts

¼ cup flour

1 egg

1 cup breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon Porcini Mushroom Powder

A delicious twist on a classic family favorite! This recipe is based on traditional chicken tenders that we all know and love, but the Porcini Mushroom Powder adds an extra umami kick. The best part? This recipe only includes ingredients you’ll have readily available in your kitchen — except for the Porcini Mushroom Powder, of course. You’ll probably have to drive all the way to Whole Foods for that.

2. BLT Sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread

4 strips bacon

2 lettuce leaves

2 teaspoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon grated black truffle

For this fancy take on a lunch staple, all you really need are the normal, simple ingredients you’d expect: bread, mayonnaise, bacon, and lettuce. However, for this version, we like to replace the T for “tomato” with truffles instead. This rare type of fungus is harvested by specially trained pigs and can be bought for a very reasonable price of $400 per ounce, straight from France! Once you allow 12 to 14 business days for shipping, you’ll be able to make this easy recipe in less than five minutes!

3. Mac & Cheese Made With Fresh Himalayan Rock Salt

¼ cup butter

¼ cup flour

2 cups milk

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups macaroni

1 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of fresh Himalayan rock salt, to taste

This recipe is sure to impress everyone, especially kids! First, melt the butter and slowly stir in the flour, milk, and shredded cheese over medium heat. Then, to give it that extra kick, add the fresh Himalayan rock salt. But wait — you need to make sure that it isn’t regular table salt or that pink stuff from upscale grocery stores. If necessary, buy yourself a pickaxe and book a ticket to Nepal, so you can dig a 16th of a teaspoon of fresh rock salt out of the side of a Himalayan mountain. Aren’t willing to go the extra mile? Well, find another recipe.

4. Spinach, Mushroom, and Caviar Quiche 

6 eggs

Pre-made quiche crust

1 cup milk

1 cup shredded cheese

2 cups caviar

This recipe is great as a crowd-pleaser for potlucks, or even a quick weeknight meal! Normally, quiche is made with eggs and vegetables, or eggs and meat, but it’s so much more impressive to make it with eggs and eggs! We know you’re strapped for time, so we love that this recipe is made with just a few basic ingredients that everyone has in their kitchen, like milk, cheese, and fresh vegetables. But you might need to do some hunting for the reproductive cells of endangered deep sea creatures.

5. Old Fashioned Banana Bread

To make this timeless dessert, you can follow any banana bread recipe you find online or in a cookbook. Just substitute the regular bananas with the real star of the show, the “Gros Michel” banana. This variety went nearly extinct in the 50s due to a banana blight, and it is now only grown in isolated pockets of the US. If you’re going to make banana bread just like Grandma did back in the day, open your laptop and start tracking down some rare bananas.

Bon Appétit!

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