Yesterday I wrote about my philosophy of hacking the grilled cheese sandwich: that it was part of an effort to learn to fix (or improve a recipe) by taking it apart, breaking it, and trying to make it better. Hacking it.
Not everyone thinks about food that way, however. So I thought I’d start a simple (probably irregular) series of inspirations for how readers can do their own creative cooking.
Today? Food wrapped or stuffed or rolled into other foods. Think of the list below as a recipe prompt or the seed of a bigger idea from which you can cook something interesting. Start with a prompt, add your own spices, garnish, and cook style. And make some notes about what you’ve just created!
Now don’t overthink it. Hack that recipe.
A bit of chicken or steak, wrapped in ham or prosciutto.
Floured chicken slices wrapped around some spicy chorizo or other sausage.
A marinated beef strip twisted around a different kind of marinated beef strip.
Fish, fileted or whole, wrapped in bacon.
Roll thin slices of spiced chicken breast around a soft cheese before baking.
Stuff homemade burger patties with chunks of cheddar and swiss before grilling.
Shred salty parmesan into ground sausage and cast iron grill into breakfast rounds.
Baked potato halves double cooked with cheddar and some kind of smoked meat.
Peppers cored and stuffed with spiced ground beef bake savory single servings.
Fish stuffed with nuts, peppers, onions, mushrooms or even citrus fruit.
Eggplants stuffed with crumbled meats and spices are a creative cook’s dream.
Big or small mushroom caps are perfect baking receptacles for a variety of fillings.
Comment or tag me on social media with your creative cooking creation. If you send a picture and a recipe, I'll happily feature you with credit in a future post! #CreativeCooking