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The 3 Best Andouille Sausage Substitutes, From Awesome To Brilliant
Feb 12

The 3 Best Andouille Sausage Substitutes, From Awesome To Brilliant

By Rose | Meat , Smoking

Sausages are considered to be a staple food, wherever you are in the world. In fact, their popularity has reached the point that some people can’t live a day without eating one.

There are many different sausage varieties to enjoy. Perhaps you are already familiar with some of them. But if you want something that has a fierce yet delectable flavor, you should explore the world of smoked sausages.

There are two methods you can use to make smoked sausages. The first one is to smoke the sausage first, then cook it afterwards (preferably by grilling). The second approach is by cooking and smoking the food simultaneously. You can do any of these with the help of a smokehouse or a simple charcoal smoker or electric smoker.

It is these smoking techniques that give us the wonderful aroma and genuine flavor of smoked sausages. Among all of these sausages, Andouille features both a classy and earthy tang. Any food gourmets will appreciate the taste of this delicacy, which has a unique flavor. That’s why it is a struggle to find an Andouille sausage substitute.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that this is the end of the line for us, because if that was the case, I would certainly get frustrated!

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The Best Potato Starch Substitutes (Hint: It Is Not Potato Flour!)
Feb 10

The Best Potato Starch Substitutes (Hint: It Is Not Potato Flour!)

By Rose | Flour

Finding a potato starch substitute can be easy or difficult, depending on how familiar you are with this ingredient, so there are times when the hunt for an alternative can become an ordeal.

But don’t get discouraged. All problems in the kitchen have their solutions, and you’ll find that some common foodstuffs can often replace an elusive ingredient in your pantry or refrigerator.

Have you remembered the article I wrote about tarragon and garam masala? Many people thought that they couldn’t be substituted, but with a little creativity and intuition, I was able to come up with alternatives to these ingredients. Of course, I had my chef friends to help me out with the brainstorming process!

At this point, it is safe to say that potato starch has several viable replacements. You just need to know how potato starch works in your recipes and see what other ingredients can replicate its effects.

But if you are unsure about searching for them yourself, then allow me to do all the dirty work for you. I have listed below some of the best alternatives for potato starch.

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Smoked Paprika Substitutes: 4 Excellent Options To Explore
Jan 31

Smoked Paprika Substitutes: 4 Excellent Options To Explore

By Rose | Condiments

Are there any smoked paprika substitutes that you could use if this spice suddenly went missing from your kitchen rack? To find out the answer to this pressing question, let’s start by examining this spice and joining the discussion.

If you have an excellent Spanish background, you are probably familiar with pimenton. This is the Spanish terminology for smoked paprika. They use it in a variety of delicacies, such as stews, soups, and their iconic paella, which contains lots of smoked paprika!

Although smoked paprika is not a primary kitchen ingredient, as your daily cooking adventures can generally do without it, there are particular recipes that require this powdered spice. If you want a dish with a smoky and spicy tang, then smoked paprika is the perfect choice.

But as you don’t use it frequently, this ingredient will not always be available in your spice rack. Don’t blame yourself for this, and instead focus on the fact that it can be replaced by a number of alternatives. Yes, smoked paprika can be substituted with some selected spices. Here are they…

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The Best Harissa Substitute: 6 Options You Shouldn't Miss
Jan 30

The Best Harissa Substitute: 6 Options You Shouldn’t Miss

By Rose | Condiments

Harissa is undeniably an exotic ingredient. Just like smoked paprika or chili paste, it is not something that is either staple or ordinary. Therefore, finding the best harissa substitute can be difficult, especially if you are not aware of how this ingredient works.

The very first time I came across harissa paste was when a friend of mine introduced me to her roasted chicken recipe. She had included harissa and peas in the dish, making it more pleasurable to the tongue. After that I made sure this ingredient was present in my spice rack.

But just as with other condiments and spices, harissa is not always available. After all, it is a regional ingredient that is only common in the Middle East and North Africa. Outside of these places, it is a rare find.

Fortunately, there is a way out of this problem. As long as you know all the potential alternatives to this spice, your life in the kitchen will be less stressful. Before revealing all of these recommended substitutes to you, I will first of all discuss the overall nature of harissa.

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Chili Paste Substitute? Here Are Some Ingenious Options!
Jan 22

Chili Paste Substitute? Here Are Some Ingenious Options!

By Rose | Condiments

What makes a good chili paste substitute? It is an interesting question, as our desire for spicy dishes is seemingly insatiable.

Of course, there are a lot of spicy ingredients that can provide this particular flavor, such as curry powder and garam masala. However, for those who want to get a “generic” and “all-round” spice, then chili paste is a good option. It is easy to get in the market, as it’s pretty common, and you will definitely want it in your kitchen’s spice rack. But sometimes, things just don’t go on your way and however badly you want it for your Asian dishes, this ingredient is sometimes unavailable. I was appalled when this precious spice went missing from my kitchen last week. However, it did not really dishearten me because I knew how to find alternatives to it.

If you know all the possible substitutes for chili paste, you will never have to worry anymore. After all, a creative mind and a pair of ingenious hands will allow you to create culinary wonders. For starters, here are some “surrogates” to chili paste, if it is missing from your spice rack.

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