What is your signature recipe?

Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Hi there Eden Cooks. Just came across this corner of the forums and found this club. I do enjoy cooking when i'm not being lazy and procrastinating. I searched the forums and do not believe I saw a thread on this yet. So i'm curious, what is everyone's signature recipe?

This could be a recipe passed down through the family over the years, or something you made up, or a recipe from a book you have tweaked into your own personal flavorful dish. You can share the recipe if you like, or just discuss what it is and why you like it so much.

When I was a teenager my mother would always make what she called "Spaghetti Bolognese" and mm mmmm mmmmmmmm was it good. It can be done from scratch, but however, she kept it more simple with canned tomatoes etc. Here is the recipe if i remember it correctly, also over time I have tweaked the recipe slightly. I no longer really use crushed red peppers, i use ground turkey rather than beef now. Also some of the ingredients I have come to add more of some, less of others until I reached the flavor I enjoyed most. But this is a good starting point. Oh and before i forget, this is basically a Spaghetti sauce with meat in it.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients:

1LB Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
1 Onion Chopped/Sliced, I usually use Vidalia Onions
2 Medium cans diced tomatos
1 Medium can tomato sauce
1 Small can tomato paste
1/4 cup red cooking wine
1/4 or more Beef broth
Garlic (minced/sliced to taste)
Salt & Pepper
1 TBSP Parsley
1 TBSP Whole Oregeno
1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper flakes,
Olive Oil

I have a large 12inch deep dish fry pan i use, also called a "Chicken Fryer" for this recipe. Ill add EVOO to the pan and my onions, medium heat is fine. Ill saute these till they are nice and golden yellow/brownish colored, almost caramelized. Add the Ground Beef/Turkey, break it up till it is all brown and no pink on the outside. Turning the heat down lower when the meat is ready ill add the tomato paste and stir that in. Then both cans of diced tomatoes and the can of tomato sauce. Ill mix this in well, then add both the red cooking wine, and beef broth, again stirring. Now ill add my salt, pepper, oregano, parsley etc. Ill make sure everything is mixed up then cover and simmer for a good 20 minutes at least to let all the flavors combine and infuse.

Any questions just let me know, had to rush this post in the end cause i need to go to work haha. But like i said the recipe for me was a starting point, and now I have changed it into my own personal flavor fest of awesomeness. It is one of the best spaghetti sauce's I have ever tried.
12/01/2011
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
I don't really have a signature dish, but do make a couple pretty well.

I modified Alton's Green Bean Casserole and mixed it up with his Swiss steak recipe.
12/01/2011
Miss Morphine Miss Morphine
I'd have to go with my rosemary polenta and roasted vegetables or my pasta bake with mountains of cheese (approximately 2.5-3lbs of cheese for 1.5-2lbs of pasta).
12/02/2011
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
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Originally posted by Miss Morphine
I'd have to go with my rosemary polenta and roasted vegetables or my pasta bake with mountains of cheese (approximately 2.5-3lbs of cheese for 1.5-2lbs of pasta).
mmmm mountains of cheese. That alone sounds delicious haha. I have lived in Wisconsin for 3 years now, really glad I do now since there's such a large abundance of cheese here.

@ JR --- Would that happen to be Alton Brown? I actually haven't tried any of his dishes yet but I really enjoy watching his show.
12/02/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
mmmm mountains of cheese. That alone sounds delicious haha. I have lived in Wisconsin for 3 years now, really glad I do now since there's such a large abundance of cheese here.

@ JR --- Would that happen to be Alton Brown? I actually ... More
Yes, he's my Food Network Hero!
12/02/2011
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Yes, he's my Food Network Hero!
Ha! Yes I'd have to say his show is one of the very few I have ever enjoyed watching on the food network. I like some of the other chef's on there, but usually in small moderation. Also I watch Iron Chef America from time to time mostly because Alton is in it.
12/02/2011
married with children married with children
maybe my key lime pie. Or my mexican rice. I have so many that I dont really have a signature one.
12/02/2011
Fun with Dick & Jane Fun with Dick & Jane
I like trying new things too much to have a single signature dish. I love link. She rocks the kitchen!
12/02/2011
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Is there one that is unique perhaps? something that, maybe separates your cooking from other chef's? Or maybe just a dish your proud of?

Most of the time when I cook, I will look up 3-5 different recipe variations for one dish. Afterwards I kind of pick out things from each one I like, take out the things I find gross and try something new.
12/03/2011
tA tA
Mine's my pad thai with cashews/peanuts and shrimp or beef. REALLY fattening but soooo good.
12/15/2011
hillys hillys
I make curry pretty well. Chicken curry, lentils and cauliflower, and eggplant are the ones I usually stick by.
03/26/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by hillys
I make curry pretty well. Chicken curry, lentils and cauliflower, and eggplant are the ones I usually stick by.
Nice! I have honestly been craving curry lately. I have a recipe for a creamy chicken curry over rice and it sounds sooooo goood!
03/28/2012
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