Whenever my boyfriend hits a home run with a random dish, there is a good chance he employed his secret weapon: sweet & heat. If all of the other ingredients are savory, my boyfriend adds a touch of something sweet (in particular maple syrup and honey are great for adding this kind of sweetness), and then a touch of something hot to contrast. This is a simple way to make the flavor of whatever you're making a bit more complex, and it hasn't let us down yet.
Pork chop and sauteed green beans and radishes
- sautee acorn squash
- mash with caramelized onion and garlic, creamed honey and red pepper flakes
- roll into balls and coat with panko bread crumbs
- pan-fry then top with thinly sliced soft blue cheese