Recipe Box, Umami

Have you heard of umami?   I have been hearing a lot about it lately…

It is considered to be the fifth taste after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. It can unofficially be described as “a savory, pleasant taste”

Well, I’ve decided I must be a umami addict…

I describe it as the perfect combination of flavors that excite your taste buds and is totally satisfying.   You can actually keep the calorie count down because a little goes a long way~

The concept of umami is best explained by listing foods that impart a umami flavor experience.  Intensely flavored foods such as Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, soy sauce, cured pork, anchovies and tomatoes all bring the fifth taste, umami, to your palette

Like this Ham Tetrazzini with Mushrooms and Asparagus here

ham and mushroom tetrazzini

Beef and beef stock, sharp cheeses such as cheddar, Gruyere and blue, are also umami type foods, as well as tomatoes and ketchup.  This might explain craving a bacon burger dressed with tomatoes and a side of fries with ketchup…all American comfort food, like this Steakhouse Burger here

or a Bloody Mary with BLT skewers here after a late night out

blt skewers 3 thepaintedapron.con

How about a Steak with Bleu Cheese Sauce here


Umami is also very prevalent in Asian food,  Hoisin Sauce is the flavor maker for these Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs here

short ribs

Umami is probably why I love to smother everything in Parmesan cheese

Parmesan vegetable fries

Like these Parmesan Crusted Vegetable Fries here and this Antipasto Flatbread here

antipasto flatbread 1

Buried Treasure Biscuit Bites are chock full of umami, a tasty side dish or appetizer

buried treasure biscuits 2

and I usually find a way to get umami into my salad too~like this Bacon Wrapped Pear Salad here

maple bacon roasted pear salad 2

So what do you think, are you a umami addict too?

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You can read more about umami on Wikipedia here


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11 Responses to “Recipe Box, Umami”
  1. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you for the nice recipes.

  2. Ellicia says:

    If you like umami, you might be interested in these. Three kinds of umami in a tube from Laura Santini. I’v just ordered and I’m afraid I’m going to be licking it off a spoon more than once a day.

    I love your recipes, especially the Parmesan hash browns. I keep those in the freezer now for snacks.

  3. Linda says:

    Goodness, recipes galore and so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lynn says:

    Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out what it is (have been for a while), the other four are very distinct… But I can say, if it’s bacon, I’m all over it:@)

  5. Mary says:

    I guess I’m an umami too looking at your recipes & flavors 🙂

  6. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    This looks amazing, delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you a Valentine Day filled with Love!
    Miz Helen

  7. Great bunch of recipes, they all look very good. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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