Parmesan cheese

This dish should be like a risotto, but a little more soupy. You should still be able to eat it with a fork. Leave out the pancetta and Parmesan and use vegetable stock to make it veggie.

Depending on how it’s cooked or cut, cabbage can yield all kinds of different flavors, from crisp and peppery in coleslaw to beautifully caramelized, as in this dish.

It’s hard to decide what’s best about this cookie. The texture’s a definite attention-grabber: It has a slight flakiness at first and then it’s all melt. The flavors of the rosemary and Parmesan, one of those meant-to-be matches, are front and center.

Normally, keftedes are made with ground meat (they're basically meatballs). These vegetarian alternatives are packed with flavor.