Give milk a night out. These versatile recipes show that just plain milk has uses far beyond the cereal bowl.
December 21, 2007
1 of 7Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Don't let that milk in the fridge go to waste! Discover the many ways you can incorporate milk into daily cooking, from chicken-fried steak and casseroles to soup and hot chocolate.
2 of 7BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Classic Crème Caramel
Classic Crème Caramel Recipe The addition of eggs and a generous dose of vanilla transforms even lowfat milk into a silken dessert. Since it can chill indefinitely in the fridge before serving, this recipe lets you spend time with guests at the table instead of in the kitchen.
3 of 7Becky Luigart-Stayner
Creamed Cauliflower with Herbed Crumb Topping
Creamed Cauliflower with Herbed Crumb Topping Recipe Think cauliflower is boring? You won't after tasting this delectable gratin, where the vegetable is coated in a leek-and-parmesan sauce made with low-fat milk then topped with herbed, buttered crumbs. Bring it to potlucks and watch it disappear.
4 of 7Oxmoor House
Barcelona Hot Chocolate
Barcelona Hot Chocolate Recipe The Ferrari of hot chocolates, this sophisticated European version includes bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and a strip of orange rind, making a perfect after-dinner drink. Be sure to remove from heat when a string of tiny bubbles forms around the edge of the pan, because boiling might cause the milk to curdle.
5 of 7David Prince
Braised Pork with Lemon and Sage
Braised Pork with Lemon and Sage Recipe This recipe features an Italian technique of slowly cooking a whole pork roast in milk, and the result is succulent meat with a nutty, intensely flavorful sauce. Because it braises in a slow cooker for hours with virtually no attention, it's an ideal make-ahead dish.
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Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Golden Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Don't fret if you have a crowd to feed. A no-cook roux makes this luxuriously creamy mac and cheese a snap to fix: just stir boiled macaroni into a mixture of flour, milk, and cheese then stick it in the oven–voilà! Dinner for eight.
7 of 7Randy Mayor
Creamy Wild-Rice Soup with Smoked Turkey
Creamy Wild-Rice Soup with Smoked Turkey Recipe Pieces of smoked turkey breast give this dish an alluring aroma that complements the nutty flavor of wild rice. A milk-and-flour slurry added towards the end of cooking gives the soup a voluptuous consistency.