I have a slight obsession.
I LOVE making recipes I find on the back of boxes or under product lids.
I figure that if the manufacturer is taking the time to print a recipe on millions (probably billions and gazillions) of boxes of baker’s chocolate or under the lid of a container of oatmeal, it must be worth trying. I’m obviously already buying their product, so why not get some pointers straight from the manufacturers about how to use it?
Maybe you’re feeling a little skeptical about how good some of these recipes are. I mean, everyone loves mom’s chocolate chip cookies from the secret recipe she keeps stashed in the back of her recipe tin that she thought no one would find. But let me tell you, one time I looked on the back of a bag of Nestle’s chocolate chips and discovered that “mom’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe” was printed right there in black and yellow for all to see. So let me challenge you to check the labels of the canned goods in your cabinet or on the back of your canister of Hershey’s baking cocoa and try one of the recipes you find. (Warning: do not try the chocolate chip cookie recipe found on the back of the bag of Aldi brand flour…. they taste pretty awful.)
However, here is one recipe you’re not going to want to miss out on. My all time favorite “from the box” recipe:
Located on the left side of your average box of Bisquick, you will find one of the simplest and most delicious recipes for Strawberry Shortcake you have ever tasted.
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 c. sugar
2 1/3 c. Original Bisquick mix
2/3 c. milk
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1) MIX strawberries and 1/2 c. sugar’ set aside. Heat oven to 425 F.
2) STIR Bisquick mix, milk, 3 Tsbp sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. Drop by 6 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3) BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped topping.
Don’t worry about writing this one down or printing it out. Just go buy yourself a box of Bisquick and check the left side. However, if your recipe box is actually organized (please come to my house and help me organize mine) feel free to do what you need to keep up with the organization, as I’m sure a Bisquick box won’t fit in your recipe holder.
Anyone have any great “back of the box” recipes that we need to know about? I’ll do my next recipe post about it!
Try something new today! (Like strawberry shortcake from the Bisquick box!)