A true Caesar salad dressing gets its rich, salty funk from anchovies, but not everyone eats fish. Shouty purists may insist that those people simply don’t deserve a Caesar salad, but I think that’s a little harsh, especially when you can make a very good vegetarian approximation with blue cheese.
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As a carnivore whose foodie philosophy is "make things as delicious as possible, whatever it takes," I used to see vegan dinner guests as something I had to work around, and for that, I apologise. Vegan foodies can go on about how delicious soy bacon is, but as a cook who eats meat, I tended to think they were using a different measurement stick for "delicious."
I was selfishly aggravated at having to "dumb down" dishes and sacrifice taste for accommodation.
It's easy for me to remember to grab pantry staples like garlic and onions at the store, but other larder items aren't always so lucky; in particular, I always seem to forget shallots. Thankfully, if you're making a recipe that calls for shallots and your kitchen is temporarily without, we've learned an easy substitute for them.
Out of all of the counters at the grocery store, the seafood counter may be the most unpredictable. Sometimes they simply don't have the fish you're looking for, or the one you want doesn't look too fresh. Knowing which fish to substitute can be tricky, but Epicurious has a whole slew of seafood swaps to help you out.
If you're allergic to eggs, just don't like mayonnaise, or tired of the same old recipes, pasta and potato salads may seem firmly off the menu, but substituting tahini for mayo will give you a creamy, extremely flavorful salad, no mayo needed.
Flour isn't just made from wheat. Not only are there "alternative" grain flours, some are made with nuts, legumes and even spuds. They may seem reserved for the gluten-free, health-conscious set, but when used well wheatless flours can be amazing. We've rounded up a few, and some delicious ways to use them.