Sometimes cooking just doesn’t work out. It’s rare that I make something completely inedible, but I have turned out several less than delicious dishes lately. I’ll spare you the recipes, but please join me on this tour of Unfortunate Eats.
First up: Elbow Grease Enchiladas
The ingredients look good, don’t they? That wasn’t the problem. This recipe required dipping each tortilla in hot oil to soften. Apparently, this is a more authentic way to assemble enchiladas. For some reason, this simple step was not easy for me. I ended up with a plate of soggy, oily tortillas soaking through several paper towels.
The other problem with this recipe was the assembly line required to put the dish together. Take a soggy, oily tortilla. Dip it completely in enchilada sauce. Add filling roll and place in the dish. I had grease and sauce up to my elbows after making these. And the result tasted pretty good, but not quite as good as Enchiladas with Tomato-Chili Sauce, and they were lots more work to make.
Come along to our next stop, Lackluster Linguini:
Simple recipe. Healthy ingredients. I thought it would be a winner. Even with plenty of fresh garlic it just didn’t taste good. In fact, it didn’t taste at all. Plain Jane Pasta. Lackluster Linguini.
We’ve come to the dessert portion of our tour. I didn’t think it was possible to really mess up a dessert. I was wrong. However, it didn’t keep us from eating them.
These are the ingredients for You-Lie-Like-a-Dog Cookies
Such promise. How is it possible to go wrong with cocoa, sugar and caramel bits? They should have been wonderful. A soft cookie with chocolate dough studded with caramel. The promise of greatness was a lie. The texture was off. The caramel too hard for the cookie. The chocolate wasn’t deep enough to fully set off the caramel. So dissapointing.
Last, but not least: These-Smell-Funny-Butt-Dust-Brownies
My second attempt at these Picnic Bars and they were an even worse flop. The first time, I left out the eggs. I shared that story here, along with why we called them Butt Dust Brownies. At least those tasted good. For reasons unknown to any of us, the entire time these baked, they smelled weird. I can’t even identify the odor. And they tasted strange too. Luckily, my family is more interested in getting to eat chocolate, even if it doesn’t taste good. Even if we complained about the strange taste, while eating them.
In case you ever wondered, I do make all the recipe I share on Eat at Home. Main dishes are our dinners and I’m usually trying to snap photos quickly before we sit down to eat. I share only what we like. It’s my goal to weed through the recipes for you. I hope that any recipe you try from my site will be a hit with your family too. I know it won’t always work out that way, but that’s what I strive for. I don’t want you to cook up your own series of unfortunate eats.