26 Foods That Taste Better When Cooked Incorrectly

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“I know it’s incorrect, but the taste of it has become such a comforting flavor for me.”

When it comes to cooking, there are plenty of “correct” ways of doing things. But sometimes, the wrong way tastes so much better (I’m lookin’ at you, raw cookie dough.) So Redditor u/ThymeandGarlic asked, “Is there a food you intentionally cook ‘wrong?‘” Here’s what people said.


“Cookies. I love under-baked cookies where the very outer edges are baked but the inside is still basically dough.”


“I over-bake drop biscuits. I know I’m putting them in the oven for too long, but I like them extra crunchy…especially when served with gravy.”


“I love eating dry oats as a snack. I just put them in a cup and eat them with a spoon. I know this isn’t how Quaker intended for them to be eaten, but they taste delicious.”


“One night I was drunk and decided to make tacos, except halfway through cooking I realized we had no tortillas. So I decided to make Sloppy Joe’s instead, but I had already added the taco seasoning. I liked it so much that now ‘taco Joe’s’ are a regular meal in my house.”


“In any baking recipe that calls for vanilla, I never measure it. I just add whatever amount feels right, which is always more than what’s called for.”


“Pancakes. My grandpa is a terrible cook so when he makes pancakes they’re always burnt on the outside and basically raw batter on the inside. He thinks they’re fully cooked, but honestly, they taste so good that way. Now, my whole family just makes pancakes like that on purpose.”


“My mom used to make her own version of fettuccini Alfredo with garlic butter, sour cream, and a lot of that shitty pre-grated Parmesan. It was one of my favorite meals as a kid, and I still make it to this day.”


“Risotto. Julia Child puts it in the oven and this method has never failed me. Every time I try to make it on the stove, stirring and stirring, it doesn’t come out right. If oven risotto is good enough for Julia, it’s good enough for me.”


“I intentionally burn my grilled cheese sandwiches. My mom always burnt them when I was growing up, so its become a comforting flavor for me.”


“I love my salad dressing with way too much vinegar in it. I would never serve it to dinner guests, but boy do I love that sour pucker.”


“I like my salmon with crispy skin and a char on the edges, but under-cooked so that the middle stays warm and pink and just opaque. Even if that’s not what the recipe calls for, it’s what I try to achieve.”


“I drain the water out of my ramen and eat it like a pasta rather than like soup. My partner makes fun of me for love of dry ramen, but I cant eat it any other way. No broth for me, please.”


“I serve pasta by putting the plain spaghetti noodles in a bowl and then ladling the sauce on top rather than mixing it all together in the pot. I think tossing pasta in sauce before serving it ruins the dish.”


“I swear that roasted vegetables taste better if you don’t flip them halfway through. I like them best when only one side is really well done and caramelized.”


“I like my pasta overdone. Not completely mushy, but definitely past the al dente stage. I always overcook my noodles.”


“I think the majority of vegetables taste better when they’re burnt. Onions and Brussels sprouts are especially delicious, but carrots get incredibly sweet when they’re a little burnt on the grill. And burnt broccoli is so much better than properly roasted broccoli.”


“I absolutely love stale marshmallows. They’re best at that crunchy, chewy stage before they turn rock hard. I purposely leave the bag open in the pantry to get that texture.”


“Instead of eating cereal in a bowl with milk, I like to eat small handfuls of dry cereal, each washed down with a sip of milk. It’s so refreshing.”


“I intentionally burn my rice on the bottom of the pot. I just love that crispy part.”


“I know lots of people love scrambled eggs cooked low and slow, but growing up I never had creamy scrambled eggs so I always overcook them for myself to this day. I prefer the texture of dry scrambled eggs to wet ones.”


“I like my food cold, particularly pizza. I will put my pizza in the fridge or freezer to cool down immediately after baking it. I know how controversial this is, and I would never serve it this way to anyone else, but I love it.”


“Hot dogs. I don’t care if I bought an expensive, fancy sausage blend. I char all my hotdogs black so the outside is super crispy.”


“When I’m heating up Campbell’s tomato soup, I never add water like you’re supposed to. I just heat up what’s in the can and eat it. For most of my life I didn’t even realize the instructions say to add water, but when I tried it I didn’t like the looser consistency.”


“I prefer my bacon soft and chewy to brown and crispy. I take it out of the skillet when caramelization just begins to occur on both sides.”


“I like toast that barely has any color to it — more like warm bread. My partner is the complete opposite side of the spectrum. His ideal toast is more like the consistency of charcoal.”


“I really like overcooked instant ramen noodles. There’s something about that beef broth paired with mushy noodles that tastes so good.”

Is there a food or a dish that tastes better when cooked the “wrong” way? Tell us in the comments below.

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