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Chili crisp sounds like a dessert dish using chili peppers or chili soup. In actuality, it is a condiment that can be used to add flavor and seasoning to multiple dishes. It takes the bland and boring to zesty and flavorful. On top of that, there are Mexican chili crisp recipes and Asian chili crisp recipes, each with their own unique and ethnic blends of flavors.
Here are some dishes you can try with differing chili crisps.
Eggs are just “meh,” but eggs with a little extra something added are amazing. Wake up your senses to eggs made with chili crisp and experience a basic breakfast that isn’t so basic anymore. While this recipe suggests using a Szechuan-inspired chili crisp to spice up eggs, you could also use a Mexican-inspired chili crisp. Both have an extra kick that wakes up your palate and makes eggs much more enjoyable.
A variation on just adding the chili crisp to cooked eggs is the fried egg “bowl”. This dish entails several extra ingredients and more time to make. However, it might be a nice Saturday morning breakfast or fancy brunch idea.
Chili crisp is reunited with noodles that are tossed in a bowl with cooked shrimp. You can serve it with peeled and cleaned cooked shrimp, or fried shrimp, your choice. Use the Asian-inspired chili crisp of your choice to create multiple flavor combinations. Chili crisp with notes of citrus fruit works really well with your “sea dragons” in this dish.
Chicken is one of those meats that you can slather with just about anything and it will taste amazing. As a substitute for the usual roast chicken on Sundays, try slathering some meaty chicken thighs with chili crisp. Try it both ways with Mexican and Asian chili crisps. Run a taste test on “heat” for these by tossing wings into the chili crisp too.
This recipe calls for thighs, which are great for feeding a hungry family at dinner time. However, you can try the recipe with just about any part of the chicken you like. Find the perfect pleasing chili crisp flavors (after you have tried this garlic-infused one) and then mix it up with different chicken parts. You’ll definitely not get bored of chicken where chili crisp is concerned!
Corn soup is a fairly old recipe, but one that is filling and comforting to any belly on a chilly day. Fall is practically here, and with winter on its heels you may find that this corn soup recipe is not only comforting, but also warming. It has infused coconut flavors with a chili crisp reminiscent of Jamaican food. Spicy with a hint of sweetness, it can be served by itself or with some jerk chicken.
The soup requires blending of hot cooked ingredients to produce its creamy corn smoothness, so be careful as you make it. Some people might serve this cold, like borscht, but hot seems so much better for bringing out the chili crisp’s heat. The chili crisp itself is drizzled into the soup on top before serving.
Stir fry with chili crisp is hardly new, but more and more vegans and vegetarians are looking for meatless stir fry recipes. This is very tricky, as some seasonings and sauces in Asian cuisine contain some element of animal product. This spicy cabbage stir fry does not.
The simplicity of bok choy stir fried with peanuts and chili crisp would please even the pickiest of eaters. Hardcore meat eaters would find this a reasonable alternative and break from eating meat because of the spice and heat involved. The recipe allows for alternative ingredients if you want to experiment with the recipe.
Casseroles are a family staple. When you need to cook a lot of food for a big family, or you need leftovers to stretch a few days, you make a casserole. While a casserole with chili crisp is probably not the first recipe you think of when you are trying to use up chili crisp in your cupboard, this Asian-inspired casserole will change your mind in a hurry.
Additionally, if you want to take a casserole to a potluck dinner or a “pass a dish” event, this one sets itself apart from the rest of the dishes there. It’s also a good dish to bring to a couple with a new baby, or a comfort dish to a family in mourning. It seems like a lot of leftover Chinese take-out in a dish, but the taste doesn’t quite compare to leftover takeout.
Cream cheese, lox, and fruit are typical additions to a bagel, but chili crisp? It definitely is not a terrible idea, especially on either a very plain bagel or an everything bagel. In this case, chili crisp is blended with cream cheese for a very smooth spreadable. It can be very addicting.
It also works well on toast or crackers, or anything else where a savory cream cheese spread tastes good. Make it for a party or a Sunday brunch. It’s a very simple recipe, too, so even people who don’t “cook” can make this.
Superbowl parties are coming up. Tailgating is a thing right now. Bringing party foods and dips to the table in front of the TV to watch football is a major American event. This dip is a major event too. It has a little of everything in it for every taste, from the fried onions to the zest of the chili crisp, it will make potato chips and plain corn chips taste incredible.
The chili crisp is made from scratch and combined with the sour cream fried onion dip. Swirled together, a single chip dipping in will get a smattering of wildly combinable flavors. Test it out at your next party.
What is labneh? If you aren’t Middle Eastern, you probably wouldn’t know that this is a type of strained yogurt with a soft cheese texture. Placed side by side with cream cheese, you might not be able to tell them apart until you sample them. Labneh has a very different flavor from cream cheese, but it lends itself well to this dish.
The broccoli is oven toasted. The labneh combines with a spicy, garlicky chili crisp and sesame oil before the broccoli is piled on top. Basil leaves lend a hint of that delightful flavor to the whole dish.
People rarely talk about making a salad with chili crisp, but you absolutely can. Whether you drizzle the chili crisp on the greens as a dressing, or you use it to dress the protein in the salad, it’s all good. In this case, the chicken cut into strips and cooked in the chili crisp adds pungent flavors and aromas to greens that are spiced on their own. Mango chunks soften the zing of spices and balance it with sweetness.
The rice isn’t totally necessary, but you can add it to make the dish into a complete meal (i.e., carbs, protein, fruits, vegetables). It makes enough to serve six people, but you might want to eat a lot of it yourself.
Grilled cheese is one of those basic comfort foods everyone grows up with and remembers. On occasion, a basic grilled cheese is fine, but what if your grilled cheese was taken to a whole new level? That’s exactly the case with a grilled cheese made with chili crisp. When you make this sandwich you can skip the tomato soup because all the flavor is already there in the sandwich itself.
This is definitely a grilled cheese made for adults. However, if your kids like spicy food, have them try it. They may decide it’s the only way to make grilled cheese ever again.
Get the Idea?
The above recipes show the sheer versatility of chili crisp in all its forms. You are never at a loss for ideas combining this simple and flavorful ingredient in many recipes. You just need to be creative and experiment with it.
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