Recipe Reproduction

8 posts / 0 new
Last post
servingmyfam's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/15/2011
Posts:
Stella Stars: 54
Recipe Reproduction
Hey everyone, hey Jacob!

I have a bit of a problem. I went to the store and got this frozen family dinner a few weeks ago, out of time and desperate for something. I was expecting it to be total junk, but surprisingly it was really good, and the family loved it too. The problem is, it is expensive, and...well...it comes out of a freezer at a grocery store. :( I would love to be able to make that recipe at home. I have all the ingredients written down that were listed on the box, but I don't know how to actually put them all together to recreate that particular dish. It's a common Italian recipe - Chicken Cannelloni - BUT I've had many versions of that and it wasn't nearly as good as this particular recipe. If I could mimic it, my family would be verrrry happy.

That being said, how do you guys go about reconstructing/reproducing a recipe? And does anyone want to take a crack at the ingredient list and a suggest a method?

A lot to ask I know, but I am desperate for this recipe!

Thanks all!

Angela
Jacob Burton's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/01/2010
Posts:
Stella Stars: 16954
Hi Angela,

What were the ingredients? Can describe the flavor and the sauce in a little more detail?
__________________

Cook With Passion!
 

messychef24's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/06/2011
Posts:
Stella Stars: 226
A challenge :) i like challenges
__________________

Out of chaos and madness out of experimentation, comes progress. 
Out of the mess comes perfection.

Melampus
First question, "how do you guys go about reconstructing/reproducing a recipe?" Analysis: look at it for the obvious reasons, you will see the major ingredients & how they were prepared &/or cooked. Taste it... slowly. Focus on the underlying seasonings, albeit spices/herb/acids/etc. Write notes as you taste. Eat celery or plain cracker/bread along the way to keep your palette from acclimating to the tastes. Ask questions. Study your resources. And ultimately through trial & error.
Offline
Joined: 05/19/2011
Posts:
Stella Stars: 972
When reverse engineering a commercial product, the best way to answer Jacob's first question is to read the ingredient list.  Ingredients are listed in order of quantity.  Sometimes one needs to use some food knowledge skills to figure out how or why some of the obscure ingredients are used, or how some of the ingredients are combined to create a food product that an ordinary person might relate to.

servingmyfam's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/15/2011
Posts:
Stella Stars: 54
Hey guys - whew, what a busy month!! Sorry to Jacob and everyone that responded to my challenge only to never hear back from me again! :D I have been majorly busy and neglected you guys - sorry!!!! Anyway, without further ado, here is the ingredient list in order:

Chicken Cannelloni

Cream Sauce:
Milk
Romano Cheese
Corn Starch
Sea Salt
Granulated garlic (powder)
Cayenne

Chicken Cannelloni:
Spinach
Chicken
eggs
diced tomatoes
mozzarella cheese
onions
mushrooms
red bell pepper
corn starch
carrots
garlic
japanese bread crumbs
olive oil
crushed tomatoes
sea salt
black pepper
basil
thyme
oregano

garnish parsley

So, that's the recipe in a nutshell, but quantities, method of cooking, etc. is a mystery to me.

The flavor was not overpowering so you could end up eating way too much of it! But just enough to leave you wanting more! Very creamy, very soft, except for a slight firmness to the noodle (I'm sure because it's a low end commercial product, it was softer than it should be however).

So what do you guys think? And sorry again for the delay in response! :)

Happy holidays guys!
Jacob Burton's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/01/2010
Posts:
Stella Stars: 16954
@ServingMyFam,

The ingredient list helps a lot. I can tell you how to make this dish, but the response will take a while to write. We've been sold out for the last month straight with no end in sight. It might not be till after the New Year that I'll be able to post a proper "Test Recipe," but I just wanted to let you know that your post isn't being ignored.

Send me a reminder in a week or so if you don't here from me and I'll try to get something posted.

Jacob

PS: This doesn't mean that someone else won't take a crack at it in the mean time and beat me to the punch.