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Posted on Jul 9, 2017

Can You Pick The Wrong Ingredient?

Get that onion out of my pesto!

Classic recipes are classic for a reason, right?

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Adding extra ingredients doesn't always make them better.

For each question, pick the ingredient that doesn't belong in the classic — or traditional — version of the recipe. Good luck!

  1. Mirepoix

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    Wrong! 

    Traditional mirepoix is made with two parts onion, one part celery, and one part carrot...

    But never garlic. Learn how to make it here.

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  2. Duxelles

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    Traditional duxelles is a mixture of chopped mushroom, shallot, and herbs (usually thyme) cooked into a flavorful paste.

    Duxelles is never made with carrots. Learn how to make it here.

    Via Instagram: @www.instagram.com/asgoudasitgets
  3. Fines herbes

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    Fines herbes is a mixture of chopped parsley, chives, tarragon, chervil, and sometimes thyme.

    The mixture is used to flavor a variety of classic French dishes from salads to braises. Learn how to make it here.

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  4. Hollandaise

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    Hollandaise is an emulsion of egg yolks, butter, and lemon juice.

    It's usually finished with a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper. Learn how to make it here.

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  5. Pesto alla Genovese

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    Traditional pesto alla Genovese is made with basil, olive oil, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic...

    But never shallots. Learn how to make it here.

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  6. Béchamel

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    Béchamel is a classic mother sauce made with milk thickened by a roux (butter and flour).

    Traditional béchamel is usually finished with black pepper and a touch of ground nutmeg, but never corn starch. Learn how to make it here.

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  7. Caprese

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    Traditional caprese is a simple salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.

    It's typically finished with olive oil, salt, and balsamic, but never parmesan. Get the recipe here.

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  8. Crème anglaise

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    Crème anglaise is a sweet custard sauce made with milk, egg yolks, and sugar.

    Traditional crème anglaise is usually flavored with vanilla, but never butter. Learn how to make it here.

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  9. Sushi rice

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    Sushi rice is seasoned with rice vinegar, salt, and sugar.

    It's sweet, salty, and perfect for making sushi. Learn how to make it here.

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  10. Sofrito

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    Sofrito (or soffritto) is a flavorful vegetable mixture made from tomato, pepper, onion, and garlic.

    There are many variations of the aromatic mixture, but carrot is not commonly used. Learn how to make it here.

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  11. Tabbouleh

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    Tabbouleh is a salad made with bulgur wheat, onion, chopped herbs, tomato, and olive oil.

    Although loaded with aromatic herbs, tarragon is not commonly used. Learn how to make it here.

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