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What is one food or dish that is very simple, but tastes sublimely delicious?

Asked by Kardamom (31431points) September 27th, 2015

I was perusing Pinterest for some Halloween potluck ideas and I just happened to come across some classic potato salad and coleslaw recipes. I was thinking how much I love both of those things. They’re not just ho-hum dishes, they’re fantastically fabulous! I don’t make either one of them very often, but I always find it delightful when they are offered as side dishes at restaurants.

Just the other day, my brother and I were having lunch at a diner and he specifically asked to have potato salad substituted for the French fries that came with his sandwich. A week earlier, I had dinner with my folks at a barbecue joint, and since I only eat the vegetarian side dishes, I had some coleslaw. It was so simple, yet so marvelous.

What simple foods or dishes do you think are fantastic culinary masterpieces? Is it something you make yourself? If so, do you make it often? Is it some type of comfort food your mom or grandma makes, or used to make, when you were a kid? Maybe it’s something that you get at your local mom and pop greasy spoon. Got any recipes?

I think it might be time for a late summer/early fall Fluther potluck.

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ragingloli's avatar

I have said it before, and I will say it again:
Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Roasted veggies; Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Parsnips, Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, EVOO, Salt and Pepper. All veggies cut to same size. Put 375* F oven for an hour total, turn over after 30 minutes put some ground Rosemary, Thyme and Basil on them.

josie's avatar

Braised Short Ribs

Coloma's avatar

Those are two of my favorites too. I love cole slaw in all its manifestations.
Baked potatoes are another and watermelon, corn on the cob.

One of my fav. cole slaw recipes is to mix in a can of halved cashew nuts into the salad. Best with a creamy dressing but good with the classic vinegar and sugar dressing too.

JLeslie's avatar

Pork ribs with lots of salt and then grilled.

Pasta with meat sauce and melted mozzarella.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

This is an easy way to put a fancy twist on Brussels sprouts. It adds additional flavours without overpowering the vegetable’s taste.

Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan and Pine Nuts:
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 2 clove garlic, minced
* ¾ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
* ¼ cup vegetable broth
* 2 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
* 3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in large frying pan over medium high heat.
2. Add garlic and Brussels sprouts. Cook until brown and softened (~ 8 min.) and stirring occasionally.
3. Add broth and cook until sprouts are tender and not soggy (~3–4 min.)
4. Add pine nuts, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Transfer to a dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

talljasperman's avatar

Warm Rice crispy Squares .

Pandora's avatar

A filet Mignon wrapped with a slice of bacon and grilled perfectly while making sure it is still a bit red and juicy inside. No salt or seasoning needed.

A grilled Salmon, seared on the top, locking in the juices. Then finish cooking by baking for about 10 minutes in a cooking bag and with slices of fresh lemons on it. Squeeze some more fresh lemon on it on your plate. No seasoning, except the lemons.

Sauteed oinions in butter and thinly sliced potatoes. Add some salt and black pepper and saute until the potatoes are fully cooked. It can also be done with olive oil for a healthier version but it will taste more like olive oil.

Some days a BLT on rye bread is just perfection. For those who don’t know. It’s a bacon sandwich with lettuce, tomato and usually mayonnaise on toasted Rye bread on the northern east coast. Some people add yellow cheese.

Tostones sliced, fried half way and dipped in vinegar bath, half way through and then smashed and finish frying and plantanos maduro, just fry, and if not sweet enough sprinkle sugar on it.

Green, salted boiled banana (Not plantain, plain very green banana) served with a simple plain egg omlet on the side.

Steam, sausage, potatoes, carrots and shrimp and just add a little of Old bay. I learned this one in S.C. They use to call it Frogmore stew.

And yes, I make all of these. All simple with very few ingredients.

Cruiser's avatar

You asked simple, easy and delicious and nothing IMHO beats pan seared scallops in olive oil and butter finished with panko bread crumbs, gralic and broiled for 2 minutes.

You see though to gravitate to potato salads and coleslaw and my home made coleslaw is always a hit.

Shred a ½ cabbage, thin slice ½ a white onion, grate 1 large carrot….sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of course sea salt, a couple turns of a pepper mill, ¼ teaspoon of celery seeds and mix. Add in 3 tablespoons of light olive oil and two tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar mix serve immediately or let “marry” overnight in the fridge. Serve and be ready for the high-fives.

janbb's avatar

Ice cream in all its glorious variations is one of the most perfect foods on the planet.

longgone's avatar

Omelettes, pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches.

janbb's avatar

@longgone Grilled cheese – yum!

syz's avatar

A slice of tomato grown in the garden. Shredded basil leaves grown in the garden. A slice of baby mozzarella. A splash of olive oil, of balsamic vinaigrette, a little fresh cracked pepper – perfection!

I have caprese salad for dinner about once a week in the summer.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Asparagus rubbed with a little olive oil then drizzled in lemon juice and broiled just til slightly done.

Coloma's avatar

Grilled cheese WITH tomato soup, now you’re talkin’. One of my favorite wintery day meals.

rojo's avatar

King Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Hatch Chili Peppers.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The next time you attend a potluck or party, try this. Parmesan Onion Souffle. This is heaven in a casserole dish. At a bake sale fund-raiser, I sold it for 25 cents on a cracker and $1.00 for the recipe. It sold out and made the most money.

ucme's avatar

Beef Wellington, place a joint of meat into a waterproof boot & wait for it to sweat out.

stanleybmanly's avatar

My answer to this question is probably off the track, because my pick doesn’t travel well as a potluck item. But your question is a really good one because it made me realize how picky I have become about the food I eat in restaurants. The first thing that popped into my head was how difficult it is to find a breakfast place that serves really good pancakes, and really good buckwheat cakes in a restaurant are about as likely as snow in Miami.

jaytkay's avatar

I grow basil so I can pick some leaves and buy some tomatoes and:
1) Slice the tomatoes
2) Eat the tomatoes with basil, salt and pepper

kritiper's avatar

Roast moose or roast pork that someone raised, not store bought. Or a baked potato with butter and sour cream. A cheese sandwich with real mayo.

talljasperman's avatar

~Deep fried Jiggly puff. ~

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Eggs on toast. Grilled cheese. A tomato sandwich from home grown tomatoes. And even simpler… toast. I love a nice piece of buttered toast.

janbb's avatar

@Earthbound_Misfit Oh toast! Yes, yes, yes!

lugerruger's avatar

Kale chips. Just crispy, cooked kale and salt.

talljasperman's avatar

~ FAR fetch Pokémon duck comes with own vegetables. ~ Actually I like deep fried Mars bars.

keobooks's avatar

Bagel with cream cheese and tomato
Biscuits and gravy
Any grilled meat product. I like medium rare ribeye.

johnpowell's avatar

English muffin pizzas.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Eggy bread or Jacket potato with cheese and coleslaw!

Adagio's avatar

Lightly steamed asparagus, sprinkled with salt…

Coloma's avatar

@Adagio Oooh asparagus!

kritiper's avatar

How could I have forgotten a basic PB&J with strawberry preserves??

romainflamand's avatar

A bread with peanut butter
Nutella+plain white bread

Above two recipes are simple, yet yummy and healthy to eat.

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