5 Ways to Give Traditional Family Recipes a Modern Facelift

5 Ways to Give Traditional Family Recipes a Modern Facelift

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Sarah Rae Smith
Dec 2, 2010

Heirloom recipes are truly something special and although we look forward to them at every family gathering, that doesn't mean you can't jazz them up a little and give them a fresh new look (and taste). Here are a few ways to do so without making your Grandma faint.

1. Extra-Pretty Dishware: Some classics shouldn't have a modern spin put on things, after all, they're perfect just the way they are. Instead, try dressing them up quite literally with a new pretty pie plate, a ribbon tied around a casserole dish or even a pretty folded linen to place underneath.

2. Ingredient Switcheroo: Some dishes are flexible enough to add an extra ingredient once in a while. Try adding a slight drizzle of truffle oil, or make your crust with an herbed butter instead of regular. Try switching to a different type of salt or organic version of usual fruits and vegetables.

3. Different Presentation: Unlike prettying up your actual dishware above, this idea is based around switching the type of dishware things are baked or presented in. Instead of a loaf pan, try using a jelly roll and adding a pumpkin cream filling to a rolled up banana bread. How about making casseroles in mini personal ramekins instead of a large family style dish.

4. Add Unusual Garnish: Sometimes sugared fruit, a few edible flowers, even gold leaf can bring a new twist on an old favorite. Try adding a large spring of your favorite herb before it's served to the aroma goes with the dish to the table.

5. Hand Pies Anyone? If there's one thing we've learned over the years it's that almost anything can be put into a small pie crust, crimped closed and reinvented. Likewise, you can also enclose ingredients inside bread dough to make something along the same lines.

How have you revamped family dishes from your past? Did your family members react well to the idea? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Preserving Memories: Kitchen Notebooks and Family Cookbooks

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