Look, we get it – not every guy is going to be a world class chef. In fact, not every guy is going to be much of a chef at all. Some guys manage to get by on take-out and cobbling together sandwiches, and some guys just have no interest in upping their culinary prowess. When you’re in college, that’s fine. When you’re a grown adult, though, even if your own diet resembles one of a six year old, you should at least have a handful of dishes you can bust out if the need arises. What if you’re trying to impress a lady? You can’t exactly whip up a PBJ and expect her pants to be charmed off. What if you’re invited to an important work potluck? Or you’re trying to impress your significant other’s family? The point is, there are many situations where having a few recipes in your back pocket is really, really handy.
Now, we’re not saying you need to know how to flambe things and craft an intricate plated dish with multiple components and sauces. We’re just saying you should probably know how to prepare a few things that require a little more effort than ‘open can, put on plate/in bowl.’
Here are 15 simple dishes that every guy should know how to cook. We’re serious – they’re basically foolproof.
12 Roast Chicken
11 Pasta Sauce From Scratch
9 Chicken Noodle Soup
7 Grilled Cheese
6 Stir Fry
5 Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 Roasted Vegetables
1 Salad Dressing
Imagine you’re invited to a potluck or family event where you’re asked to bring one dish – let’s say, a salad. Don’t be the guy who shows up with the bagged mix that disappoints everyone. Making a simple dressing is literally the easiest thing in the world, and if you bring that alongside a box of greens, suddenly your simple two-component salad is almost gourmet. While creamy dressings require a bit more knowledge, vinaigrette dressings follow a basic formula – one part acid to three parts oil. Your oil can be whatever you prefer, from olive oil to something more flavourful, and your acid can be anything from balsamic vinegar to lemon juice. Add a dash of seasoning, add a bit of a thickener like a spoonful or two of mustard, and you’ve got a delicious homemade dressing that people won’t believe you made. You’re better than bottled dressing and bagged salad.
Sources: Popsugar, Cheat Sheet
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