The Pouch Table

291 words written by dylan
Posted September 14, 2003 @ 05:51 PM
1 comments

This is the big table that was shown on the Good Eats episode "The Pouch Principle." You had to look really fast to see the last few items on the liquids list... or have a TiVo. :)

Meat
(Choose one)
Vegetables
(any)
Starch
(optional - choose one)
Aromatics
(<=2)
Seasonings
(any)
Liquids
(mix/match)
beef
pork
lamb
fish
shrimp
chicken
etc.
mushroom
artichoke
tomato
peppers
snow pea
broccoli
bok choy
rice
noodle
potato
dumpling
cous cous
onion
garlic
scallions
shallot
celery
fennel
carrots
red pepper
white pepper
honey
salt
pepper
coriander
cilantro
lemon
parsley
soy sauce
mirin
veg. broth
sesame oil
vermouth
white or red wine
chicken stock
fruit juice
fish sauce

The quantity notes were per Alton's commentary.

Based on my experience with starchy/sugary vegetables in pouches (potato, parsnip, carrot, onion, garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, fresh rosemary and thyme, bake at 350F for about an hour), if you're cooking mainly starch/sugar, USE A FAT TO KEEP THE VEGGIES FROM STICKING. Trust me, chunks of potato permanently stuck to the aluminum foil are not edible. Also, if you're using a higher (say, >5%) acidity vinegar, don't use aluminum foil. Also goes for acidic veggies (like tomatoes). Finally, if you look at the list and connect the dots, you'll notice that you can create a significant number Asian wok and noodle dishes with this table. What you can't see is that you can create pretty much any salmon dish that doesn't require searing. Old Seattle trick is to put salmon, dill, and lemon in aluminum foil, seal it tightly, and run it through the dishwasher (top rack). I am not making this up. (Some argue you need to run through two complete cycles, while others say no heat dry.)

Comments

  1. Hi there - I came across this post while trying to find out what was on the chart from The Pouch Principle, and was pleasantly surprised! Thanks for putting this together!

    If you're not already a member, there is a message board for Good Eats fans - you can find it at http://goodeats.dyns.net. There is also a Fan Page at http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com (I tried to enter some HTML, but the preview function showed that it didn't work). Hope to see you there!

    Posted by: Kat | September 26, 2003 06:12 AM