Serious Eats: Talk
High concept recipes?
I've been thinking for awhile about substituting crumbled matzo into meatballs in place of bread or other cracker crumbs. When I was at the store today and saw that ground pork was on sale, and I was immediately amused to an unreasonable degree by the idea of combining something as traditionally Jewish as matzo with something as definitively non-kosher as pork and decided that I needed to try and make some "ironic" meatballs. At that point, I started deciding what else would need to go in to make it edible. I wound up using onion, garlic, marjoram, and tarragon along with the pork, matzo, and egg. The meatballs were okay if not quite what I was hoping for, but I'm still so in love with the larger idea that I know I'll keep trying flavors and ratios until I come up with something I really like.
So, I was just wondering if anybody else has ever had an experience like this. Where a larger idea has driven you to keep on coming back to a basic concept to work it to perfection.