All too often we shy away from recipes that call for an ingredient not handy in our pantry or fridge. Sometimes these ingredients can be expensive, like fresh truffles, saffron and high-quality balsamic vinegar, while other times they're an added expense for something that won't be used often.

If a pricey ingredient is stopping you from cooking a new recipe, you can try one of these 10 simple swaps to get delicious results without breaking the bank. Find out what three common spices can stand in for allspice, and discover what protein is a price-conscious option for veal.

Check out the slideshow above to find 10 easy swaps for expensive ingredients.

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