27 Secret-Ingredient Recipes

Sauerkraut in chocolate cake, tofu in pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes in chocolate truffles - these secret ingredients are boosting the flavor of classic dishes one kooky recipe at a time.

Mashed Potato-Crusted Fish

"The instant mashed potatoes made a wonderful brown and crispy coating on my fish fillets. I may never use cornmeal again!"

-Miss Annie in Indy

Zucchini Brownies

"These are the moistest brownies I've ever made! No one believed that there was zucchini in them until I showed the recipe to prove it."

-Rai

Meatballs with Fennel

"These meatballs are the best. I never would have thought of using fennel seeds in Swedish meatballs, but I loved them."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Coleslaw with Fresh Apples

"This wonderful coleslaw had the perfect balance of sweetness. The apples brought out a really nice flavor."

-Kittencalskitchen

Chocolate Cake with Sauerkraut

"The sauerkraut makes this cake moist and delicious! If you don't tell anybody what’s in it, they will never know."

-Bayhill

Pudding with Avocado

"This pudding is healthy but still tastes rich and sinful! Only the scent of avocado revealed the secret ingredient."

-Lalaloula

Pot Roast with Gingersnaps

"This roast is delicious, succulent and unique. It had a lot of flavor and was very easy to prepare."

-Amber of AZ

Chocolate Truffles with Mashed Potato

"Potatoes aren't just for savory dishes; they belong in dessert, too! Try topping them with sprinkles or crushed potato chips."

-Just Garlic

Brownies with Pudding Mix

"These brownies are so moist and good! The pudding mix is a perfect secret ingredient."

-Pneuma

Chocolate Muffins with Rum

"These are rich and delicious. The rum adds a grown-up flavor to the muffins."

-Tokyo sweets - marimo

Cheese-in-the-Middle Hamburgers

"This burger was a huge success! It had a nice and subtle Asian flavor."

-LUVMY2BOYS

Brownies with Maple and Bacon

"These brownies were a big hit! I loved the sweet and salty flavor that the bacon added."

-30A EATS

Gingersnaps with Lemon Juice

"The lemon juice makes these the ultimate gingersnap cookies. They are snappy, sweet, chewy and loaded with flavor."

-Debber

Pumpkin Pie with Tofu

"This was my first time using tofu for baking. The pie was fluffy like a mousse and had the perfect balance of spices."

-Lalaloula

Cream of Chicken Soup-Fried Chicken

"I never would have thought to use canned soup for the batter, but this is handsdown the best fried chicken ever!"

-kusinera

Cookies with Mashed Sweet Potato

"These cake-like cookies are a creative use for sweet potatoes. We were skeptical but ate our words in the end."

-LUv 2 BaKE

Brownies with Irish Cream Liqueur

"These brownies are wickedly delicious. The secret ingredient adds a nice boost to the rich chocolate taste."

-NoraMarie

Fried Halibut with Mayo & Mustard Batter

"You can add the mayo and mustard before or after frying the fish. The secret ingredients are good either way."

-Marsha D.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cayenne

"The spicy surprise flavor in these cookies is from a fiery blend of cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper!"

-Sharlene~W

Chocolate Cake with Mayonnaise

"This cake is so simple, delicious and moist! I used light mayonnaise and it worked just fine."

-frozen_rain

Brownies with Sweet Potato

"You would never know that these brownies are so much healthier than regular brownies. They are tender and rich."

-Debbwl

Cake with Tomato Soup

"This cake has a nice fruity flavor! Only the color of the cake makes the tomato noticeable."

-Lalaloula

Garlic Bread with Greek Seasoning

"I never would have thought of using Greek seasoning on garlic bread, but it totally worked! This is a great recipe."

-Jesse and Eliza's Mom

Meatloaf with French-Fried Onions

"French-fried onions are the secret ingredient that sets this recipe apart from any other meatloaf."

-Chef shapeweaver

Beef Stew with Italian Dressing

"I loved this recipe! The Italian dressing added a very nice flavor to the stew."

-puppitypup

Tomato Bisque with Sherry Wine

"This bisque is easy to prepare. Adding sherry is an elegant way to dress up tomato soup!"

-Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Apple

"I was very apprehensive about adding apple to this soup, but it was very tasty. The flavor was subtle and well-balanced."

-Mindelicious