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."


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."


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."


Pudding with Avocado

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


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."


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."


Brownies with Maple and Bacon

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


Gingersnaps with Lemon Juice

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


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."


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!"


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."


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!"


Chocolate Cake with Mayonnaise

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


Brownies with Sweet Potato

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


Cake with Tomato Soup

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


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."


Tomato Bisque with Sherry Wine

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


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."