6 Times Cheaper Is Better
You're already cooking skirt steak
and chicken thighs
. But here are more inexpensive foods chefs think are even tastier than their pricier counterparts.
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When You Have an Abundance of Basil
The first thing we think of when we see a floral, fragrant bunch of basil is pesto, yet we often balk at the price of pine nuts, which are traditionally used to make the sauce
, along with less pricey olive oil, garlic and Parmesan. Pine nuts can go for $16 for 8 ounces, while walnuts are about a quarter of that (the same quantity will cost you about $5). Pettry says they add another flavor dimension; she also sometimes swaps in pumpkin seeds, which cost even less ($3 for 8 ounces).