Burn, Baby, Burn: Foods That Taste Better Crispy

roasted marshmallowsI'm probably one of the few people out there that likes their chocolate chip cookies not soft and moist, but a little crunchy, with a slight burnt taste to them, especially around the edges ... yum. I think it's because my mom always seemed to burn them while baking and I just got used to them made that way (sorry Mom, you know it's true).

But it's not always weird to enjoy foods that are slightly burnt. Here are some examples of when food tastes just a bit better when it's scorched.


Marshmallows: If you've ever roasted marshmallows over a campfire, you can probably agree that they're much better with a nice black crispy coat surrounding a fluffy middle.

Saganaki Cheese: The cheese is melted in a small frying-pan until it's bubbling, and generally served with lemon juice and pepper and eaten with bread. Heaven. 

saganaki cheese

Creme Brulee: Creme brulee isn't creme brulee unless the brown sugar on top has been torched.

Veggies: I don't eat nearly as many veggies as I should, but one way to get me to eat them -- burn 'em. I can't get enough of roasted vegetables that are slightly charcoaled.

Hot Dogs: Right off the grill with that sweet, savory charcoal taste to them, and when you bite into them, there's that ever so slight *crunch*. Mmm.

hot dogs

Popcorn: I know this isn't a normal one, but I know too many people that prefer their popcorn to be slightly burnt not to add it.

Bananas Flambe: This delicious dessert is literally on fire.

Toast: There's a wide range in burnt preference for people when it comes to how they like their toast. I have one friend that likes his as blackened as black can be, while I prefer mine to be just slightly brown.

Bacon: The crispier the better, right?


Barbecue Chicken: Just thinking of blackened barbecue chicken right off the grill is making my mouth water.

Hash Browns: Charred cubes of potatoes mixed with peppers, onions, and little burnt crumbles are one of my favorite breakfast sides.

Pizza: I'm a big fan of thin crust pizza being crunchy (but you better not burn my hand-tossed pizza). And who doesn't love those those little bits of extra cheese sizzling on the baking sheet ... yum!

Macaroni & Cheese: Not the entire dish, but lots of people prefer to have that first upper layer be a little crispy.

macaroni and cheese

BBQ: Burnt ends are often requested at BBQ joints.

Pretzels: Burnt pretzels are loved by so many folks that Utz, a snack company in Pennsylvania, has created a special "dark" pretzel, which is basically a pretzel that's been scorched.

Do you like any of these foods burnt? What are some of your favorites?


Images via jenny nash712/Flickr,arnold I inuyaki/Flickr, jimmiehomeschoolmom/Flickr, mela sagona/Flickr, ffg/Flickr

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