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What’s Your Most Sinful Dish Ever?

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Your Most Decadent Dish)

Okay, I know I’ve been trying to focus on healthy snacks and all, but who am I kidding? Don’t get me wrong—I love fruits and vegetables and hummus, and I’m more likely to reach for the water instead of some sugary drink. But the recipes that excite me the most are usually the naughty ones. The ones that make me want to rub my hands together, inwardly snickering and hatching plans to unleash cruel temptation on my more disciplined friends.

Yeah. I’m a real pal like that.

So today, I figured we should throw caution to the wind. Let’s hold nothing back. I’m not even going to ask you for your favorite indulgences. No, that won’t do. I want the ultimate entry on your list! Tell us:

What’s the most shamelessly sinful dish you’ve ever made—or eaten?

When I tried to come up with my answer to this question, it dawned on me that my top answers are all recipes I discovered right here in TK. And here’s a secret: I like leaving those same food photos on my huge monitor when visitors are around and there’s a chance they might walk past my desk. I get a kick out of watching them do a double take, barely disguising a gasp as they mutter, “What is that?”

Allow me to demonstrate.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Your Most Decadent Dish)

Bacon and Brie Quiche. Ha. This once made a 200-pound grown man weak in the knees. Which was kinda dangerous, since he was trying to haul a huge compressor unit for our air conditioning system.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Your Most Decadent Dish)

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake. Of course. It’s Nutella in cake form, frosted with even more Nutella. With mascarpone.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Your Most Decadent Dish)

French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. You know you want one. (These aren’t really all that sinful. Unless you’re like me and use a ridiculous amount of additional butter and cheese.)

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Your Most Decadent Dish)

Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes. Yeah. I’m so not going to apologize.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have Tasty Kitchen to thank for some of the most evil dishes to come out of my kitchen. And that I have Tasty Kitchen to blame for some of the most evil dishes to come out of my kitchen.

Now it’s your turn! Time to ‘fess up. We all need an overboard moment now and then, right? (Please say yes.) So jump in, the water’s nice and chocolaty and sprinkled with bacon and cheese!



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Hannah | The CanonRebel on 9.3.2014

Hmmm, probably bacon cheddar mac and cheese with bread crumbs. Emphasis on the CHEESE. And BACON. Lots and lots of BACON. Did I mention cheese?

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Nanci (TK) on 8.9.2014

Now you are talking (well, about the food, not the heart attack)! LOL. I’ll be over right now!

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Terri @ that's some good cookin' on 8.8.2014

@ Nanci (TK). Oh YUM! Tator tots are the number 1 best reason EVER for a food extruder to have been invented. I love tator tots and I can totally imagine a hybrid recipe of Texas Taters and Heart Attack Hash. Or maybe just leave the two dishes as they are and serve one as a main and the other as a side. For dessert we have could have that Chocolate Hazelnut Cake that Erica (TK) talked about and that bread pudding made with croissants and half & half that DebbieK talk about. We could eat it all right outside the doors to the Cleveland Clinic–you know, just in case we needed the best cardiac care in the country, which we would. But, hey, what a way to go!!!!

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Nanci (TK) on 8.8.2014

Wow, Terri that sounds right up my alley. Goodness! One of my favorites is a casserole that we call Texas Taters. Just a ton of tater tots in a 9×12 dish covered with a sauce that consists of cream of chicken soup, lots of cheese, sour cream, some butter and some chives. Then baked until melted and gooey. Making me hungry!

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Terri @ that's some good cookin' on 8.8.2014

Heart Attack Hash. Potatoes, 1 pound of bacon, 1 pound of sausage, 1 pound of kielbasa, onions and 1 1/2-2 pounds of cheese. We used to make it in a Dutch oven when we went camping. It tasted great after a day of hiking.

PatW on 8.7.2014

Derby Pie, scalloped oysters, cream pulled candy. I make each item once a year!

LisaM on 8.7.2014

That Chocolate Hazelnut Cake you’ve got pictured . . . I had to throw the recipe away so as not to have the written instructions. So sinful… I would save the leftover icing – there was a lot of icing – and keep in fridge – every so often – several times a day – I would take a spoonful of icing and savor. mmm mmmm . And of course, the cake is beyond words in deliciousness decadence. Godiva cain’t touch that cake!!

DebbieK on 8.7.2014

I made a cinnamon bread pudding with rich, buttery croissants and half-and-half!

Jacqueline Strand on 8.7.2014

That would have to be these Caramel Hand Held Pecan Pies that they evidently serve at Seattle’s High 5 Pies. According to the article in Food & Wine magazine, the little pies are so popular that once when they took them off the menu, people cried. The recipe was kindly shared in the magazine and I made them for a Thanksgiving treat this past year instead of our traditional pecan pie and my family tore them up – they were so good I did the unthinkable – I hid one for myself! – here’s the link:

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C. L. ( Cheryl ) "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser on 8.7.2014

Oh my putting it that way probably most dishes I make? Things in moderation I suppose, quantity control (on my part) . I would have to say dishes using Seafood…I probably use too many flavored homemade butters to grill or dip in! Cheryl.

CathyAnn on 8.7.2014

Fettuccine Alfredo

jan g on 8.6.2014

spouse makes a wicked scallops with reduced leek/wine/cream sauce served in puff pastry shells that takes forever and a day to make; and with the price of scallops he hasn’t made them in years but oh the thought of them… sigh

Tulip on 8.6.2014

Two people so far have named Fettucini Alfredo, and it’s my favorite evil dish too! Full cream, butter, beaten eggs, fresh-grated parmesan cheese — you could eat five chocolate bars for the same number of calories in Alfredo made right.

Kathryn on 8.6.2014

I used to make Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch, including milling the wheat and making the pasta, and now any pasta is considered decadent in this house. I also used to make big, tall multi layer cakes topped with truffles and ganache. Baking was my favorite thing. Ah, those were the days! Now I turn away from a recipe with more than a half cup of sugar

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Cathey on 8.6.2014

Oh I’ve made many over the years, stuffed shells, lasagna, bacon and cheese and cheese (no that’s not a typo) quiches, cheese cakes, mac and cheese. My all time favorite ??? Ree’s Fancy Mac & Cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese and more cheese, bacon, mushrooms, butter, cream and more cream. OMG time for some Friday night maybe with some healthy grilled or broiled fish.

Sandi W. on 8.6.2014

I only make and eat them once a year but I would have to say Nanaimo Bars. They have sugar, butter, custard, coconut, gram cracker crumbs, quality chocolate etc and they taste and satisfy that sweet craving like nothing else! I have never looked into the fat and calorie count as I really don’t want to know! Lol ;)

Tara W on 8.6.2014

Peanut butter cup cheesecake, with fudge sauce. I only make it around the holidays, or when we have crowd. A sliver is all you need. But it’s so good!

Jean on 8.6.2014

Mine is a manicotti recipe I found online (Google “Vita Greco manicotti”). OMG, it is so sinful, yet sooooo good. It is completely homemade — from the sauce to the noodle-ish egg crepes. I sometimes just make the sauce (gravy) for pasta. This is by far my most treasured recipe.

Rhonda in Wyoming on 8.6.2014

The most decadent dish I’ve ever prepared was French Silk Pie. My uncle loved it and he
and I were about the only two who could stomach it’s richness. I can’t remember the exact
recipe but it was along the lines of, “Whip one pint of extra heavy whipping cream. Whip one
pound of room temperature butter. Fold together. Add 8 oz of cooled melted baker’s chocolate
with 1 tsp vanilla. Pour into prepared crust.” I figured it was about 8000 calories a slice….cut
10 years off your life, but what a way to go!!

lena on 8.6.2014

The most sinful thing I’ve ever eaten would probably be a breakfast dish at a restaurant. Creamy, scrambled eggs mixed with two kinds of cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, onions, and peppers; topped with a very mild salsa. The sides were crispy, browned potatoes and a biscuit covered in sausage gravy. And a Dr. Pepper.
I love making a spaghetti pie with a crust of spaghetti mixed with egg, butter and parmesan cheese, a layer of ricotta cheese, a layer of salsa meat sauce consisting of ground beef, sausage, and pepperoni, and topped with mozzarella. Oh yes.

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Patricia @ ButterYum on 8.6.2014

Creme Brulee Ice Cream (recipe on tastykitchen). Worth every calorie laden bite!

grandmajohnnie on 8.6.2014

sloppy joes with cheese sauce and onion straws on top – did the same thing with bacon/cheeseburger w/onion straws. Throw homemade chili cheese fries on the side. Mmm

Mary Lou on 8.6.2014

This was the most sinful and delicious thing I ever made:

Rhubarb Custard Cake


Two-layer yellow cake mix
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pint whipping cream (2 cups)

Prepare batter for cake mix according to package directions; turn into greased and floured 9×13″ pan. Dump the chopped rhubarb on top of the cake batter. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the rhubarb. Pour the whipping cream (unwhipped) over the sugar. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes, until cake springs back when lightly touched.

Cream, sugar, and rhubarb sink to bottom, forming a custard layer. Makes 18 servings.

All I can say is “Oh my God, it was the best dessert I’ve ever eaten!” I used raw milk I was getting from an organic cow (farmer) instead of cream so it was almost good for you.

Beth M. on 8.6.2014

My 4th of July Baked Beans: kidney beans, baked beans, lima beans what makes them sinful are: ground beef, bacon, molasses, sugar, brown sugar, spicey bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, chili powder

Nancy D on 8.6.2014

Many years ago I made Julia Child’s Bombe au Troi Chocolate (spelling probably way off). Anyway it’s brownies cut to line a bowl, filled with chocolate mousse, turned out of the bowl and covered with chocolate ganache. Now add to how that sounds all the booze and butter that you can imagine Julia would use and you get an idea of how “sinful” this might be. The good news, I guess, is that you really can only eat a sliver of it at a time. It’s legendary in my family.

Jenelle Miller on 8.6.2014

creme brulee made with all the cream and egg yolks and sugar that the recipe calls for…no skimping.

Jenny on 8.6.2014

Right after Christmas in 2013, I was in the mood for some Fettuccini Alfredo. I usually make a lighter/lower fat version of alfredo sauce, but since I bought way too much heavy cream and real butter for the mashed potatoes I made on Christmas Eve, I made the sauce with the left over heavy cream, real butter and freshly grated parm. (Can’t let those ingredients go to waste, right? :) ) OMG. The light version is good, but the “full strength”, shamefully sinful version was OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. My normally picky husband was beside himself with how good and sinful it was and so was I. There wasn’t an ounce of it left after dinner. I’m sure it was a zillion calories and fat grams, but it was soooo worth it! :D