Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia: Delicious delicacies make a big impression

Croatia - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Višnja forage for truffles in Croatia. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel)
Croatia - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Višnja forage for truffles in Croatia. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel) /

While the black risotto might be Croatian specialty, Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia was a journey through elevated ingredients that rival some of the best food in the world. Even though some of the foraging left Gordon Ramsay a little winded, the effort to secure these ingredients was worth it.

Throughout the episodes of Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Season 3, a few themes have emerged. While putting Chef Ramsay in precarious or difficult situations can make for entertaining moments, it is less about the extreme moments and more about the elevated ingredients.

Within Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Season 3, the finale dinners have showcased a luscious ribeye and the expensive gooseneck barnacles. Although some of these ingredients might not be readily available on the home cook’s table, the cooking techniques and concepts can be applied to any kitchen.

The same idea seems to continue in Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia. Few people will be cooking with cuttlefish ink and even fewer people will shave copious amounts of truffle on a pasta. Still, there is a lesson to be learned from these dishes.

When a dish uses the best tasting, highest quality ingredients, the food doesn’t need to be hidden with too many extras. Adding too many components is unnecessary, cumbersome and can muddle the flavor.

This concept was quite clear in this episode. A gnocchi and a risotto do not have be covered with all types of extras when the cuttlefish and the truffles are the star. Simplicity is key.

Even though most home cooks will not use these ingredients, the concept applies to many recipes. Farm fresh, seasonal ingredients tend to be bursting with flavor. Why cover those flavors when they are so lovely?

What ingredients from Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia do foodies need to discover?

Similar to other locales from previous seasons, Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia seems to highlight that it is time to rethink where ingredients are sourced. Beyond the foraging and being respectful of the ingredients themselves, the typical celebrated locales aren’t the only places where the world’s best tasting ingredients can be found.

In this particular episode, the truffles stand out. Granted some people will focus on the cute little dogs, but those pungent fungi could change the conversation even more. While Italian and French truffles are prized, this episode shows that amazing truffles can be found in other regions. Although it doesn’t mean that one item will replace another, it does show that other options are available. Being more resourceful is always important for any cook.

Also, while people will laugh at Chef Ramsay chasing goats and milking donkeys, it is more than a moment of humor. The goats who are allowed to eat vibrant greens create milk that makes more flavorful cheese. Even the best cook is only as good as his ingredients.

Even though many people may not travel to Croatia to enjoy these delicacies, the takeaway is clear. Using a cheese from a local farmer might be better than a cheese sitting on the grocery store shelf. Farm fresh ingredients from the market can be better than others. That traditional Sunday dinner could be even better when the focus is on the simplicity and letting the ingredient shine.

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What cooking lessons have you learned from Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Croatia or the other episodes from Season 3? How have these culinary adventures impacted the food on your plate?