Can You Fill In the Missing Ingredient to These Basic Recipes?

By: Beth Hendricks

Can You Fill In the Missing Ingredient to These Basic Recipes?
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About This Quiz

There's no time to make a shopping list, so you grab the recipes for your impromptu dinner party and run out the door. It's not until you get to the grocery store that you realize you grabbed incomplete recipes. The first recipe only printed part of the ingredient list, and the other is smudged, making the ingredients unreadable. Now what? There's no time for Googling as you're standing in the pasta aisle, but there's plenty of time for panic. Guests will be arriving shortly, but your recipes are incomplete! Luckily, you're a pretty savvy cook, and you think you can navigate your way through the missing pieces of your recipe puzzle.

Now, let's see if you can put your chef smarts to the test in our missing ingredients quiz! Here, you'll find 40 pretty simple recipes that need one extra thing to take them from good to great. What would you add to a basic pizza dough when you already have flour, water and oil in your cart? Can you guess what's missing from a macaroni and cheese recipe that indicates only pasta and milk? Don your thinking cap (or your chef's hat) and finalize the recipes for these tasty dishes. Bon appétit and let's go!




Mashed potatoes A shepherd's pie is a mixture of meat and vegetables topped with what?
Rice
Mashed potatoes
A traditional shepherd's pie combines meat and vegetables in a savory broth, all topped off with a healthy serving of mashed potatoes. Nobody said it was a healthful meal, but it certainly is tasty.
Macaroni
Cauliflower florets

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Breadcrumbs Ground beef, an egg and some onion would make a good meatball, but this missing ingredient takes it from "good" to "great." What is it?
Chili paste
Breadcrumbs
All good meatball recipes need some bread product in them. The addition of breadcrumbs helps as a textural element and also provides a type of binding agent to help hold all the other meatball goodness together.
Yogurt
Baking powder

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Butter2 You have bread and cheese for your grilled cheese sandwich, but what else do you need?
Apples
Cilantro
Pickles
Butter
Of course, you can add just about anything to a grilled cheese sandwich that tickles your fancy, but you won't get that nice crispy, brown crust without a little bit of butter smeared on the outside of the sandwich.

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Chocolate The classic campfire treat, s'mores, wouldn't be the same without which of these ingredients to accompany marshmallow and graham crackers?
Corn chips
Cherry pie filling
Chocolate
Once you get that marshmallow warm and gooey, it helps to melt the chocolate bar squished in between two graham cracker pieces. Not camping out anytime soon? You can accomplish a similar s'mores experience with just your microwave!
Apples

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Kidney beans There are lots of variations of chili, but most have ground beef, tomatoes, onion, chili powder and which of the following ingredients?
Bell peppers
Carrots
Kidney beans
Chili is one of those great one-pot meals that lends itself to a wide variety of ingredients. While regional variations may dictate ingredients, most versions typically have ground beef, tomatoes, beans and a variety of spices.
Peas

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Ricotta cheese A typical lasagna recipe includes meat, lasagna noodles, pasta sauce and which of these?
Pepperoni
BBQ sauce
Broccoli
Ricotta cheese
Layers of meat, sauce, noodles and, finally, ricotta cheese, meld together to make this classic Italian fare. Most recipes also call for extra cheese for sprinkling, but in that case, the mozzarella variety.

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Tomatoes Salsa is one of the easiest recipes you can attempt on your own. All you need is cilantro, onion, jalapeño, and which of these?
Edamame
Carrots
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Most traditional salsas have a tomato base to which other ingredients can be added. Think outside the box, though, and consider adding pineapple or mango to your tomato starter.

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Eggs Our quiche recipe is torn! We have pie crust, spinach, cheese and milk, but we can't see the final ingredient. What is it?
Eggs
Even the most basic of recipes for quiche requires eggs! The beautiful thing about quiche recipes, though, is that besides the eggs, you can't pretty much throw in any ingredients of your choosing.
Ham
Buttermilk
Sour cream

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Mayonnaise Deviled eggs are a staple at church potlucks and family reunions. If you have eggs, mustard and paprika, what else could you add?
Soy sauce
Mayonnaise
In most deviled egg recipes, you scoop out the egg yolk from hardboiled eggs and mix it with amounts of mustard and mayonnaise. After you place it back in the empty egg, hit it with a dash of paprika and you're done.
Ranch dressing
Cocktail sauce

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Cheese2 Serving cheeseburgers at your next cookout? You'll need ground beef, buns, lettuce and which of these?
Tahini
Cheese
The sky's the limit with hamburgers, but a true cheeseburger requires cheese. Once you've eclipsed this basic burger recipe, you can add a sunny-side-up egg, avocado, bacon, onions, tomatoes ... See where we're going here?
Avocado
Eggs

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Cornmeal Flour, sugar, milk, butter and eggs are combined with which of these ingredients to make cornbread?
Brown sugar
Corn nuts
Cornmeal
Cornmeal puts the "corn" in cornbread! This versatile ingredient is ground from dried corn to an almost flour-like consistency and can be used to lend a crumbly texture to homemade cornbread.
Creamed corn

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Tortillas We have chicken and cheese already. What's missing from our quesadilla recipe?
Tomatillos
Fish sauce
Tortillas
Quesadillas can have all kinds of ingredients inside, but a common pairing is chicken and cheese instead of a tortilla. Once you've stuffed it, sear it to get that cheese melty and create a crispy exterior.
Queso

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Almonds You have green beans, butter and garlic. What else do you need for green beans almondine?
Dates
Mozzarella cheese
Almonds
Green beans almondine is a fairly simple side dish that goes great with steak or chicken. The almonds are toasted to add a deeper nutty taste to the greens. Garlic and even shallots are also nice complements.
Grenadine

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Flour You've got the eggs, baking soda, baking powder and buttermilk. What else do you need for basic pancakes?
Pecans
Flour
The missing ingredient — flour — in a basic pancake recipe is the "glue" that holds all of the other ingredients together! Once you've mastered this, you can add fresh berries and whipped cream to the final product. Yum!
Sugar
Corn syrup

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Cinnamon Which ingredient complements this cinnamon roll recipe: yeast, flour, sugar and butter?
Baking soda
Cinnamon
Cinnamon rolls can have a lot of add-ins (like pecans), but you need that cinnamon spice to really give the rolls a kick. Once baked, they can be topped with a homemade icing.
Pecans
Corn syrup

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Old-fashioned oats Overnight oats are all the rage right now. What do you need in addition to fruit, milk or yogurt and sweetener?
Old-fashioned oats
Overnight oats need the oats! Typically, old-fashioned oats are used to create this jarred treat, which is usually created at night and left in a refrigerator overnight for the next morning. Topped with crunchy granola, it's a perfect ready-to-go breakfast.
Ritz crackers
Pancake syrup
Cottage cheese

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Cheese Potatoes au gratin may sound fancy, but all it takes is potatoes, flour, buttermilk and which of these?
Sour cream
Cheese
When you think "au gratin," think cheese because that's what it's loosely interpreted to mean. In French, "au gratin" means "to grate," as in "on top" ... like cheese. Some people also call this recipe scalloped potatoes.
Buttermilk
Half and half

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Yeast Making pizza dough? You'll need flour, water, oil and which one of these?
Baking soda
Yeast
Yeast is in every basic pizza dough recipe, functioning as the ingredient that helps the dough to rise. Active dry yeast requires extra steps in the recipe, while instant yeast can be added to a recipe as you go.
Sugar
Butter

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Carrots What's missing from this carrot cake recipe: flour, spices, sugar, eggs, chopped nuts ... and which of these?
Carrots
A lot of people choose to add things like raisins or other fruits to a carrot cake, but you still need to add the carrots! Finished with a decadent cream cheese frosting, you'll hardly know there are vegetables included.
Raisins
Pineapple
Espresso

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Milk You've decided to get fancy and try your hand at a bread pudding. You have bread, eggs, butter, vanilla and raisins. What else do you need?
Caramel
Milk
Throw some milk in that recipe and you are golden! Bread pudding is a pretty simple recipe that packs an impressive punch, with an egg mixture, bread and milk to soak it all.
Pancake syrup
Water

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Tuna Egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup and sometimes frozen peas and carrots will make a delicious tuna noodle casserole, with which necessary addition?
Sugar
Tuna
If you didn't catch that, "tuna noodle casserole" would just be "noodle casserole" if you forget the tuna! This easy one-pan dish can be thrown together quickly and inexpensively and then baked until bubbly.
Shrimp
Buttermilk

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Chocolate chips Chocolate chip cookies always hit the spot. You have flour, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla, but something's missing. What is it?
Baking powder
Brown sugar
Salt
Chocolate chips
Well, you can't very well have chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips, now can you? Get creative and try different varieties of chocolate chips like milk, dark or white chocolate for a twist on a classic recipe.

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Pasta Nothing says "comfort food" like macaroni and cheese. What do you need in addition to butter, cheese and milk?
Garlic
Pasta
While we think "bacon" is probably the right answer no matter what the question is, the missing ingredient here is the pasta. Whether you're an elbow macaroni person or a cavatappi person, you can't really go wrong when ooey-gooey cheese is involved.
Parsley
Bacon

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Celery A pot of chicken noodle soup wouldn't be complete without chicken, noodles, carrots and which of these?
Tomato sauce
Nutmeg
Celery
Traditional chicken noodle soup is a combination of chicken and noodles (obviously) and vegetables of your choice, most notably celery and carrots, all swimming in a flavorful chicken broth base.
Salami

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Vodka Let's end this quiz with a toast! What is missing from this Bloody Mary: tomato juice, hot sauce and horseradish?
Water
Club soda
Almond milk
Vodka
A Bloody Mary isn't a party until you add the alcohol ... or so we've heard. Your typical Bloody Mary has vodka, along with tomato juice, horseradish for kick and hot sauce, among other spices. Serve it with ice in a glass and garnish with celery, lime, black pepper, olives or even bacon!

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Cream cheese Making a homemade cheesecake? You'll need graham crackers, butter, sugar and which of these?
Cheddar cheese
Heavy cream
Sour cream
Cream cheese
Cream cheese, whipped until smooth, is the basis of any good cheesecake, combined with extra ingredients like sugar and butter, of course. Once mixed, it all goes into a graham cracker crust. Yum!

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Bell peppers What's missing from this fabulous fajitas recipe that includes chicken, onions and flour tortillas?
Mandarin oranges
Plantains
Bell peppers
You can't have fajitas without that delicious mixture of cooked onions and bell peppers. Experiment with different colors of peppers — red, orange, yellow and green — to slightly alter the taste of your final product.
Spinach

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Avocado You're craving guacamole, so you gather onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lime and which of these missing ingredients?
Artichoke
Asparagus
Avocado
You can't have guacamole without avocado! In fact, you can pretty much craft good guacamole with nothing more than ripe avocados and salt. Other additions such as onion, lime and cilantro help deepen the flavor.
Edamame

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Puff pastry Want to make a killer chicken pot pie? Then, you'll need chicken, milk, vegetables and one of these. Which is it?
Worcestershire sauce
Puff pastry
You can make a pretty good chicken dish with just chicken and some veggies, but it's that glorious puff pastry (or pie dough ... or biscuit) crust that transforms into into an official "pie."
Baking soda
Vinegar

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Chickpeas If you're making hummus, you're going to need tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and which of these?
Potatoes
Chickpeas
Chickpeas lend hummus its earthy, bean-like taste and its signature brownish color. But did you know chickpeas also are high in protein and provide a host of vitamins and minerals to a person's diet?
Pinto beans
Carrots

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Ham Chicken cordon bleu sounds fancy, but it's really just a combo of breaded chicken, cheese and which of these?
Cream cheese
Beef tenderloin
Pepperoni
Ham
What could be better than a chicken cordon bleu with chicken, ham and melty cheese? There are many recipe variations for this treat, including casserole-based options.

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Peppers You have sirloin strips, onions, beef broth and cornstarch for pepper steak. What else do you need?
Croutons
Hot dogs
Peppers
After your sirloin has been cooked, it's time to add the peppers and onions. Cook the meat and veggies together so the flavors mingle and then add a thickened sauce for a complete dish.
Snow peas

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Flour2 There's nothing quite like grandma's chicken and dumplings. What did she forget in this list of ingredients: chicken, vegetables, broth and poultry seasoning?
Tortillas
Sugar
Flour
If you're making homemade dumplings, you are going to need flour, but there are simpler ways of making dumplings, including using a baking mix or even rolls of pre-made biscuit dough.
Cornstarch

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Breadcrumbs2 Craving chicken parm? You'll need chicken, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce and which of these?
Rice
Breadcrumbs
In a classic chicken parmesan, the chicken is breaded — typically in breadcrumbs — and then added to tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and pasta of your choice for a hearty Italian meal.
Raisins
Ravioli

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Ground beef What's missing from this spaghetti bolognese sauce: tomato sauce, tomato paste, spices and red wine?
Prosciutto
Ham
Ground beef
There are many ways to make a spaghetti bolognese sauce, but one thing's for certain — you need beef! Traditional bolognese is a meat sauce served with cooked spaghetti pasta. Don't forget the cheese!
Sugar

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Butter Cheesy garlic bread wouldn't be complete without which of these missing ingredients?
Chives
Butter
A good garlic bread recipe can be made with or without cheese, although we think it's better with. However, you can't spread that fantastic garlic-y spread on the bread without butter. Some oil will also do, in a pinch.
Buttermilk
Eggs

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Water On a quest to make the perfect onion rings? Which of these ingredients do you need in addition to onions, flour and eggs?
Hot sauce
Sugar
Water
To create a batter for homemade onion rings, you'll need flour, eggs and enough water to make a type of paste to dredge the onions in. Then, drop them in a fryer until crispy.
Cottage cheese

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Arborio rice We have cheese, chicken stock and white wine. What's missing from this risotto recipe?
Cornmeal
Quinoa
Polenta
Arborio rice
The arborio rice, a short-grained, starchy version of the minute rice we all grew up with, is what makes risotto, risotto. The process of cooking it in the broth and white wine softens it, making what is essentially a more "grown-up" macaroni and cheese.

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Anchovies You can make a simple Caesar salad dressing with garlic, egg, oil, cheese and which of these ingredients?
Red wine vinegar
Breadcrumbs
Anchovies
Believe it or not, anchovies are the secret ingredient to a killer Caesar dressing. If fish make you squeamish, you can always try omitting them although it's the anchovies that pack the umami punch.
Gelatin

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Sugar You need whipped cream for a dinner party dessert, but you only have heavy whipping cream. Unfortunately, you still need one other ingredient. What is it?
Vanilla
Cream of tartar
Sugar
Sugar gives heavy whipping cream a dose of sweetness that it needs as an accompaniment to a dessert or fresh berries. You could buy pre-made whipped cream, but with it being so easy to make, why would you?
Baking soda

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