So you have a party to go to, and you have to bring a dish. Maybe you don’t have time, or maybe you’re simply not a good cook, so you rely on buying something at the store, putting in one of your own dishes and passing it off as your own creation.
But simply changing the container won’t get the job done—someone at the party is bound to know you’re faking. If you really want to pass a store-bought dish off as your own, you need to put in some extra effort.
Store-bought dessert is one of the easiest food categories to manipulate, but you have to do it right. For instance, many people buy store-bought cakes and rough up the frosting in order to pass it off as their own. Unless you do some real roughing up, though, cakes are pretty hard to pass off. So are cookies. Nobody is going to believe that those perfectly round cookies with just the right amount of chocolate chips or M&Ms came from your kitchen.
If you want to manipulate a dessert, brownies are a safe choice. Purchase plain brownies and add your own frosting, whipped cream or nuts to the top. The toppings are the part of the brownies that people will pay attention to, so as long as that part of the brownie looks homemade, you should pass it off without any problems.
The same goes for cake. If you want to pass a cake off as your own, buy one that doesn’t already have frosting or toppings on it and add them yourself.
Salads are another category that is easy to pass off as your own. If you visit the deli at your local grocery store and pick up a pasta, macaroni, caesar or potato salad, they are usually pretty plain. But purchasing the salad and placing it in one of your own dishes will not do the job—someone will suspect you’re trying to be sneaky. If you add your own extra ingredients to the salad, though, it will help you pass the dish off as your own.
For example, did you pick up a basic pasta salad? Why not add some seasoning and additional vegetables to the mix? Did you grab a taffy apple salad? Throw some crushed up Snickers in there. Simply making some small additions will make everyone at the party think you slaved for days.
Appetizers work the same way as salads. If you pick up a store-bought appetizer, you need to make some of your own additions to be able to pass it off as your own. Did you pick up a ready-made dip? Add some fresh ingredients to the dish. Maybe even add some cheese and melt it all together before bringing it to the party.
Adding extra ingredients or creating your own toppings is a great way to spice up a boring store bought item and pass it off as homemade. If you want to pass a store-bought dish off as your own, you need to make a small effort to make it seem realistic.
Francesco Giovinco runs his own bakery in San Diego and is an avid writer. He is also an outspoken grammar fanatic and always makes sure to proof his writing with the help of a grammar checker. He is known for his use of nuts in almost every recipe he makes.
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