Guess what I did the other day??
I was out of an ingredient, no time to run to store, so I made a very unorthodox substitution that I don't think many people would have thought of. Many if not most would even say "Eeewww!"
But--it worked! Here's the story:
I had a new recipe for a potato-cheddar soup, done in the crock pot. I bought all the ingredients, but when I was already partway through the process, I realized I'd missed one ingredient: It called for half-and-half. I had none.
What to do? I could have used plain milk, but since hubby drinks skim milk, it wouldn't have added that same richness. I thought about it for a while. Then, a brilliant idea came to me.
Why not mix a little vanilla ice cream with the skim milk? It should produce a similar result. I called both of my daughters, and asked them what they thought. As I suspected, they cried, "Eeww! No!" Undeterred, I proceeded. For a cup of half-and-half, I subbed in 1/4 cup of vanilla ice cream and 3/4 cup of skim milk, mixing it well so the ice cream was liquified.
Whaddya know? It worked! No sweetness from the ice cream; no 'off' flavor.
One of the girls actually suggested coffee creamer, but no--that would have been a bad off-taste, I think, since we use a non-dairy vanilla-flavored creamer. It's very much sweeter and a much heavier vanilla flavor than the ice cream.
Moral of the story: Never be afraid to experiment!
I think I would have used Greek yogurt instead of ice cream. But, hey - the proof is in the puddin', right?
That would make a great hub, actually. Some of my best recipes have come about through improvisation and imagination. Maybe you can write a hub about your experience.
I didn't have any yogurt, either. LOL It was all about making do with what was on hand.
I'm not so sure this little incident is really hub-worthy, though; not much to it.
It is if you purposefully make odd-ball substitutions in recipes. You could really have something there, Lizzy. Start a trend and go viral with it!
You could really appeal to home cooks who can't afford fangdangled ingredients but would like to put a gourmet meal on the table. Just make sure the substitutes are healthy options.
BTW, I always keep Greek yogurt on hand. I use it instead of sour cream.
LOL--I'm not sure ice cream was the healthiest option.
My Dear, I would have added more potato. I can't do dairy so I use potatoes to thicken lots of things.
I truly love your creativity.
by Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago
What is your all time favorite dessert or treat?Mine is a hot fudge sundae, with whipped cream on top. Actually, I like a little vanilla ice cream with the hot fudge, too. I am so bad about this. I always want extra hot fudge, so I do not have this treat very often.
by Nichol marie 3 years ago
Best thing.with vanilla ice cream besides cake?
by maria.rose 7 years ago
What is your favorite dessert?my favorite dessert is chocolate cake ....... ice cream, butter cookies.. etc..
by Dreamer at heart 6 years ago
What kind of ice cream sundae do you make?
by elena 84 7 years ago
The vanilla ice cream should be fat free?
by Mutiny92 5 years ago
What are your favorite ice cream toppings?
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