Finding more hidden gem recipes (Part 1)

It's kind of natural (and well deserved) that winners, finalists, community picks, wild cards etc., get a lot of views and come on top of search results. However, sometimes this makes hidden gems on the site more difficult to find. So, in attempt to discover new recipes, I devised a series of questions... Let's start with this one: "What was the dish you were absolutely certain will do great in a competition, but kind of fell through the cracks?"

I will start with my Guinness Lacquered Pork Belly,

One dish only, and please include the link.



AntoniaJames May 2, 2013
Also, this Criss-Cross Panfried Eggplant courtesy of monkeymom's mother is outstanding -- one our favorite recipes here on FOOD52, and there are dozens that we like! ;o)
Too bad we can't see the names of the recipes, just the addresses--
susan G. May 1, 2013
Some of my favorites and some finds have already surfaced. Here's one I go back to: from Panfusine, Simple and satisfying!
AntoniaJames May 2, 2013
Thank you, susan g, for pointing out panfusine's Mung Beans and Grits Polenta. I somehow missed it. Cannot wait to try it. ;o)
inpatskitchen May 1, 2013
So happy you like the quinoa chili Barbara!
healthierkitchen April 30, 2013
Thanks drabs!!
healthierkitchen April 30, 2013
I really love monkey mom's mapo tofu. I've made it with pork, dark meat chicken and even vegetarian and it's always delicious.
EmilyC April 30, 2013
Great thread -- I've loved reading the responses and discovering new recipes. Here's one of my favorites --
drbabs April 30, 2013
I love this recipe of yours, Emily.
cookinginvictoria April 30, 2013
EmilyC, I am a big fan of your cherry tomato salad sandwich. Such a great recipe! :)
EmilyC April 30, 2013
Thanks drbabs and civ! : )
Bevi April 30, 2013
I am half cheating. Even though there are lots of kale salads on the site, I always thought my salad with pear chips was worth a CP:

And this recipe by lapadia is just a total gem:
drbabs May 1, 2013
Bevi, having tasted (but not made) your jams, they are fantastic--you should post the recipes if you haven't already. (Meyer lemon was my favorite, maybe of all time.)
Cristina S. May 1, 2013
Totally agree--we savored the jar of blueberry-plum jam you brought to the potluck!
creamtea April 30, 2013
This chicken is so flavorful, moist and delicious but seems to get overlooked each time: And this one is so "mysteriously" good, but requires exactly the ingreds listed (no substituting regular oranges for Seville):
drbabs April 30, 2013
Can't wait to see what part 2 is!
QueenSashy April 30, 2013
This is turning out to be a lot of fun and so many wonderful dishes are being "found". I do have a couple of other questions ready, so stay tuned!
Madhuja April 29, 2013
This is such a neat question, QueenSashy! I too will have to pick two - sorry!
I really love my khichuri recipe - This reminds me of my grandmother, of the Monsoon in India and how comforting food can be! This is by far the most requested dish by my husband!
I also love my "wildfire" chaat recipe - I have a very strong association with this recipe - I made it the day we almost lost everything and I made it again the day we got it all back! :)
QueenSashy April 30, 2013
I saved your khichuri a long time ago, and therefore glad that you picked two!
Sadassa_Ulna April 29, 2013
These weren't entered in a contest but I think they are a hidden gem:
boulangere April 29, 2013
Oh my, those look fantastic! Thank you for bringing them into the light.
Cristina S. April 29, 2013
I can't decide, so here are two.. sorry!

I'm really proud of these veggie burgers; I admit they are laborious, but they're so tasty! And I can't get enough of this fennel and veal sausage rigatoni:
Madhuja April 29, 2013
Oooh, those veggie burgers look GOOD! And I had never come across "punnet" before - thank you for teaching me a new word!:)
AntoniaJames April 29, 2013
Here's one that wasn't in any contest -- I miss so many of them due to scheduling issues, i.e., my business always has to take priority -- but that I'd certainly categorize as a hidden gem (Cuban Adobo Pork Shoulder): ;o)
drbabs April 30, 2013
AJ, I think this is the ultimate pecan pie recipe:
aargersi April 29, 2013
I AM CHEATING! sdebrango's chocolate cake - I make it for pretty much every gathering these days:

and hardlikearmour's shrimp and lentils is to-freakin-die-for:
QueenSashy April 29, 2013
yes, please do cheat, as long as it helps discover new recipes!
hardlikearmour April 30, 2013
Thanks, Abbie! You are the shrimp & lentils biggest fan!
savorthis April 29, 2013
Good idea! What I like most about this question is that as I looked back through some dishes I had, at the time, felt did not get a fair shot, that kind of changes when you are forced to just pick one. I loved my Zucchini "udon" but I suppose it is not REALLY a noodle soup (even if people seemed to like the idea and it was as soulful as a noodle soup). So I would pick my caramelized fennel tart:

And QueenSashy I'm glad you posted the pork belly recipe. After trying your Masala Chai Pork Ribs I have no doubt that dish is wonderful too!
aargersi April 29, 2013
I made these just recently - they didn't make the final CP cut which surprised me - they are SO good! I am making them again this weekend.
Madhuja April 29, 2013
Aww, Abbie! You are SO nice! :)
drbabs April 28, 2013
Ok, this is fun! It's is one of my favorite things I've ever done with celery; I was surprised it wasn't chosen to be tested:
healthierkitchen May 1, 2013
That does sound good!
ChefJune April 28, 2013
I've added several I was surprised didn't make it to first base, but perhaps none moreso than Scallops Tommy It might be my favorite dish of all time.
drbabs April 30, 2013
I tested this, loved it, and turned it into a main dish by adding shrimp and bacon.
hardlikearmour April 28, 2013
I'll play, too. My husband and I really, really loved this soup:
AntoniaJames April 29, 2013
Yes, that soup is excellent. I make it with fish (Alaskan cod, cut into bite-sized chunks, added right at the end) and rice noodles. Great recipe. ;o)
hardlikearmour April 30, 2013
Thanks, AJ! I'm glad to hear you tried it. What type of stock do you use with the cod?
drbabs April 30, 2013
This is one of my favorites of yours:
And this one (minus the coconut-- not a fan)
AntoniaJames April 30, 2013
I make a "20 minute" vegetable stock using the green tops of scallions, which I save for this purpose, a couple slices of ginger, a small handful of coarsely chopped lemongrass, cilantro stems, some coriander seeds, crushed, a clove or two of crushed garlic and kaffir lime leaves. I put water on to boil while pulling the veggies out and doing what little prep is involved, and work on the rest of the meal while the stock is simmering. The fish doesn't require much time, so I can pull off this soup + a salad in less than 45 minutes, easily. Also, I don't add the potatoes when I've got noodles, and I always add snow peas or sugar snaps, when they're available, with the fish. Love it! ;o)
hardlikearmour April 30, 2013
Thanks AJ -- your 20 minute veggie stock sounds awesome. Thanks drbabs -- coconut is definitely a divider food!
boulangere April 28, 2013
I had high hopes for the beer theme, too:
drbabs April 30, 2013
This recipe of yours is a favorite of mine-- all your bread baking instructions are fantastic.
JanetFL April 28, 2013
I'm in:
healthierkitchen April 28, 2013
I'll play:

drbabs April 30, 2013
This recipe of yours does occasionally get some love, but it's so great I wanted to post it here:
inpatskitchen April 28, 2013
boulangere's First Night in Florence Spaghetti! (I'm just happy that many have found it on the site) It's absolutely PERFECT!
inpatskitchen April 28, 2013
boulangere's recipe is the most deserving but if I had to pick one of my own, I think it would be this one
inpatskitchen April 28, 2013
oops! I'll try again
boulangere April 28, 2013
Thank you, Pat!
drbabs April 30, 2013
Pat, you have so many good recipes. This one of yours is my go-to for vegetarian chili, and I have some in my freezer right now:
em-i-lis April 28, 2013
QueenSashy, I think this is a great question! I'll add this:
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