I'm a list maker, so I'm intrigued by the idea of making a list of the 10 most essential ingredients.
What makes them "essential?" These are ingredients that impart a lot of flavor and demonstrate an amazing level of versatility. I consider them my "go to" favorites, for various reasons. I intend to explore each one more thoroughly. And maybe revisit the list in the future.
1. Extra-virgin olive oil
4. Sweet onion
5. Fresh-ground black pepper
What ingredients do you consider essential to your cooking?