Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:35:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Are You Throwing Away the Most Tender Part of Broccoli? http://steamykitchen.com/32968-are-you-throwing-away-most-tender-part-broccoli.html http://steamykitchen.com/32968-are-you-throwing-away-most-tender-part-broccoli.html#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:54:10 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=32968 Ahhh….the sad and lonely stump that gets thrown away after the prized crown is chopped off. BUT IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE BROCCOLI! Underneath that tough, fibrous outer layer of the stalk is the most TENDER part of the broccoli. It’s so tender, delicate and sweet that most of the time, I just eat it raw. Right there at ...

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Ahhh….the sad and lonely stump that gets thrown away after the prized crown is chopped off.

BUT IT’S THE BEST PART OF THE BROCCOLI!

Underneath that tough, fibrous outer layer of the stalk is the most TENDER part of the broccoli. It’s so tender, delicate and sweet that most of the time, I just eat it raw. Right there at the cutting board. I don’t even share. All it takes is 1 minute of your time to remove the outer layer.

 

Video: How to unveil the most tender part of broccoli

What do you do with the broccoli stalk???

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Healthy General Tso’s Chicken http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/30918-healthy-general-tsos-chicken-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:00:32 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=30918 White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!) Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all ...

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Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

White meat or dark meat? I’m definitely a wing and dark meat gal, preferring the juicier, more flavorful, more tender and harder-to-overcook parts of the chicken. I think most Asians prize the dark meat (I know it’s a gross generalization, but I’ve never met an Asian who didn’t like dark meat!)

Scott, on the other hand, is breast meat all the way. When we first started dating, I had to re-learn how to cook chicken properly. All I used to care about was roasting, stir-frying or grilling the thigh, wing and leg portions perfectly, not even giving a second thought to the breast, which cooks faster than its dark brothas and sistahs. Most of the time, the breast meat and bones went into broth-making anyways. I also had a Jack Russell terrier who was spoiled with slightly overcooked and a touch dry chicken breast dinners.

Yummy and Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

The argument for eating chicken breast is that “it’s healthier” – but just HOW MUCH healthier?

White Meat versus Dark MeatAccording to an article from Josh Ozersky on Time Magazine, the difference isn’t as great as you might think.

From U.S. Department of Agriculture:

100 grams of white meat – 0.56 g of saturated fat and 114 calories
100 grams of dark meat has 1 g of saturated fat and 119 calories. 

To save .46 grams + 3 calories, I’ll take the dark meat any day!

 

Men’s Health article: “The extra fat in dark turkey or chicken meat raises your levels of cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone that makes you feel fuller, longer.”

Live Science: “A nutrient called taurine, found abundantly in poultry dark meat, significantly lowered the risk of coronary heart disease in women with high cholesterol, the study revealed. The researchers said that taurine also might help protect against diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Slate: The Dark Side of the Bird: “Dark chicken meat is also nutrient rich, containing higher levels of iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12 than white meat.”

Despite this research, Scott still prefers the breast. Which is just fine by me – we don’t have to fight over who gets which part of the chicken! We each call dibs on our own section.

Steam Kitchen Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

I’ve made a Healthy version of General Tso’s Chicken – one of Scott’s favorites – using white meat, of course – but feel free to substitute with boneless, skinless dark meat :-)

Healthy General Tso’s Chicken Recipe Video

 

 

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Healthy General Tso's Chicken Recipe

Feel free to substitute the chicken for thinly sliced lean pork or beef. For a vegetarian version, use extra firm tofu cut into cubes and vegetable broth.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
1 tablespoon honey
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
1 pound boneless chicken meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon ginger, finely minced (or grated on rasp grater)
4 stalks green onion, chopped
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

1. In a bowl, make the General Tso sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic chili sauce, chicken broth, just 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch. Set aside.

2. In a wok or large sauté pan over high heat, add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Add broccoli to the pan and cover. Steam for 2 minutes or until broccoli has turned bright green and is crunchy-tender (just shy of cooked through.) Remove broccoli from pan, drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Set broccoli aside. Empty water from wok or pan and dry well. Return wok or pan to stove.

3. In a medium bowl, add chicken, remaining 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, salt and pepper and stir to coat chicken evenly.

4. Heat the wok over high heat. When very hot, add cooking oil and swirl to coat. To get a nice crust on the chicken, you'll cook them in a single layer, giving them plenty of space to brown. Add half the chicken to pan in a single layer. Let cook undisturbed for 1-2 minutes, until the bottom of chicken is browned, flip chicken, cook until other side is browned. The chicken should be halfway cooked through - remove the half-cooked chicken pieces to a plate to set aside. As you take chicken pieces out, continually add in more of the raw chicken to the pan to cook.

5. When all the chicken have cooked, turn heat to medium. Let the pan cool a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients (so they don't burn). The pan should still have some cooking oil left from the chicken. To the pan, add the green onions, garlic and ginger . Stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Control your heat so that the ingredients don't burn.

6. Pour in the General Tso's sauce to pan and bring mixture to a simmer. Return the chicken and broccoli to the pan, toss and cook for 1 minute. The sauce should thicken and the chicken should be cooked through completely. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.

 

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Roasted Tofu and Vegetables Recipe

I had serious doubts the first time I heard of a recipe for Roasted Tofu. Tofu is made mostly from dried soybeans and water (plus a coagulant like seaweed salt). It’s a pretty serious wiggly jiggly thing with such high water content. Roasting tofu would just dehydrate the water and shrivel up the soy, or so I thought. Several years ago, I tried it on a whim. With the expiration date on a box of tofu looming, I decided to cut the tofu into cubes and roast them in the oven with some olive oil.

Roasted Tofu and Vegetables Recipe

They turned out crispy, crunchy on the outside and creamy smooth-soft on the inside. What an amazing change in texture! Roasting the tofu changed the ingredient from being a “blank slate with no taste” to a flavor profile of its own – slightly nutty, slightly sea salty. The browned bits are shatteringly crisp from roasting in the olive oil. In this recipe, I used silken tofu from Mori-Nu.

Roasted Tofu and Vegetables Recipe

Even if you “overcook” the tofu, it’s still wonderful with a crunchier, chewier texture. I love it both ways.

Roasted Tofu and Vegetables Recipe

Okay, so not only do I have instructions and a video to show you how to roast tofu and vegetables, but I purposely made the batch bigger in the recipe for leftovers. The leftover tofu and vegetables create a velvety smooth, creamy soup for the following day!

Roasted Tofu and Vegetables Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
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You'll need 2 baking sheets for this recipe.

As you are preparing the vegetables for roasting, keep in mind that the vegetables have different cooking times. I like to keep each vegetable in its little spot on the baking sheet, so that I can easily use a spatula to remove any vegetables to cook sooner. Also, try cutting the vegetables according to how quickly they might cook. I'll cut the broccoli in larger florets (they cook faster) and the carrots & parsnips into smaller chunks (takes longer to cook) so that everything is ready at the 35 minute mark. Here's a size guide:
cauliflower - 1" florets
broccoli - 2" florets
carrots & parsnips - 3/4" chunks
brussels sprouts - halved
Feel free to add any additional vegetables to the mix. I also added some Japanese shishito peppers to mine!

Ingredients:

1 package Mori-nu tofu (extra firm or firm)
1/2 head broccoli
1/2 head cauliflower
3 large carrots
3 parsnips, cut in chunks
1/2 pound brussels sprouts
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F.

Drain the tofu and pat very dry with a paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Cut tofu into 1" cubes. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon olive oil on a baking sheet, carefully add in the tofu and shake the baking sheet a bit to coat the tofu. Go ahead and begin roasting the tofu while you work on the vegetables. If your oven does not fit 2 baking sheets side by side, place the tofu on the UPPER rack.

Cut the vegetables (see headnote) and in the other baking sheet, toss vegetables with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil so that they are all evenly coated. If your oven does not fit 2 baking sheets side by side, place the vegetables on the LOWER rack.

Set timer and roast for 30 minutes, then check the vegetables. The carrots & parsnip may need a little more time. Remove any vegetables that are cooked through. Take out the tofu pan and flip the tofu.

Increase oven temperature to 450F to finish off the tofu (and the carrots & parsnips if they need more cooking). Roast for an additional 10-15 minutes. The tofu should be nicely browned on both sides. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

TO MAKE ROASTED VEGETABLE SOUP WITH LEFTOVERS:

prep time: 2 minutes
cook time: 5 minutes

Leftover roasted vegetables (reserve a few pieces for garnish)
1 quart prepared stock (vegetable, beef or chicken)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
good quality olive oil

Place leftover vegetables and tofu into a blender or food processor with just half of the stock. Blend or process until smooth. Add in the remaining stock, cayenne pepper, and blend until desired consistency. Heat soup in pot. Taste and season with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and additional cayenne pepper, if needed. Ladle into bowls, finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with roasted vegetables.

 

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Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe (video) http://steamykitchen.com/22980-chinese-beef-broccoli-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/22980-chinese-beef-broccoli-recipe.html#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:52:27 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=22980 Watch video step by step how to make Chinese Beef Broccoli with Jaden.

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Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe

I’ve posted this recipe before (and it’s in the first Steamy Kitchen Cookbook) but I’ve just made a video showing you how to cook Chinese Beef Broccoli. It’s a super short 1:38 minute video.

I’ll even tell you my super secret ingredient for Chinese Beef Broccoli in the video. Also, I’m using the Steamy Kitchen wok that we just launched. It’s a nonstick wok with a cast iron interior layer and enamel outer layer. I’m using an induction burner – the wok works on gas, electric and induction!

For those who think you can’t sear or brown meats in a nonstick pan – I’m here to prove you wrong! YES YOU CAN. I’ll show you how.

Chinese Beef Broccoli Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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The secret ingredient in this dish is Chinese black vinegar. If you don't have this, substitute with young, unaged balsamic vinegar. The aged, good quality balsamic vinegar is too sweet - so make sure you get the cheaper, young balsamic.

To keep this dish vegetarian, replace the beef with fresh, thick, meaty shitake mushrooms (cut in half) or even sliced portobello mushrooms.

TO CUT FLANK STEAK ACROSS THE GRAIN: in the middle of this post for Flank Steak with Goat Cheese Recipe, I have a couple of photos showing you exactly how to cut flank steak across the grain. This is an important step because flank and skirt steak both are very tough cuts -- however -- if you cut it correctly, the steak becomes incredibly tender. Make sure you don't skip this step!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound flank or sirloin steak
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
1 tablespoon high-heat cooking oil (canola, vegetable, rice)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
FOR THE STIR FRY SAUCE
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar (or young balsamic vinegar)

Directions:

1. Slice the flank steak ACROSS the grain. In a bowl, combine the beef with the soy sauce, cornstarch and black pepper. Marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the Stir-Fry Sauce.
3. In a wok or large saute pan, add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover to steam for 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green, crisp tender and you should be able to pierce the stem with a fork. Drain.
4. Discard the water in the wok and dry the pan well. Set the pan over high heat, swirl in the cooking oil. When the wok is hot, add the marinated beef, use your tongs to spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok in one layer. Let beef cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes, until nicely browned. Flip the beef, again spread the beef out over the wok and brown the other side.
Push the beef aside and add in the garlic and ginger. Stir fry the garlic and ginger for 30 seconds. Then mix together with the beef.
5. Pour in the Stir-fry Sauce and stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 seconds. Add the cooked broccoli back into the wok and toss to coat well.

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Broccoli Spanakopita http://steamykitchen.com/20999-broccoli-spanakopita-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/20999-broccoli-spanakopita-recipe.html#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:14:00 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=20999 Rule #1 of food blog design: Never launch a new design or features the day before you go on vacation or travel. I thought I had learned this lesson, oh…..5 WordPress themes ago, but apparently I underwent a momentary lapse of good judgement last Friday. Not only were we going on a family vacation at Disney World, but we were ...

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Broccoli Spanakopita Recipe

Rule #1 of food blog design: Never launch a new design or features the day before you go on vacation or travel.

I thought I had learned this lesson, oh…..5 WordPress themes ago, but apparently I underwent a momentary lapse of good judgement last Friday. Not only were we going on a family vacation at Disney World, but we were hosting Food Blog Forum in Orlando at Disney World for 100 attendees and their families. (More on those fun times in another post!)

Scott and I started getting emails from readers that, “Your site be broke!” as one so eloquently wrote. But our energy was dedicated to creating magical moments for FBF attendees and our boys, and not for freaking out on a broke site. So we stopped checking emails and just had fun.

It was harder than I’m making it sound. There’s no such thing as “stop checking emails” or “turning off phones” for geeks like us. But we did our best and you know what? Our weekend was one of the best eeeevvveerrrrr!!!

Broccoli Spanakopita…or Broccolikopita

Spanakopita is a Greek pastry, usually filled with spinach and feta cheese folded in layers of filo dough. Most of the time, I see them folded into triangles (kinda like how you fold an American flag), but I decided that rolls were easier to shape, easy enough for my boys to help me in the kitchen.

 

Broccoli Spanakopita Recipe

Instead of spinach, we used fresh broccoli, something we had plenty of in the garden. Crispy, flaky and savory.

Broccoli Spanakopita Recipe

The first step is to lightly saute the onions, garlic and broccoli in olive oil. Season with a pinch of ground nutmeg and salt and pepper.

The broccoli should still be a little crunchy and bright green. Let the pan cool a bit and then stir in the raw egg. If the pan is too hot, the egg will cook. Remember, this all goes in the oven later for 20 minutes, so everything will be perfectly cooked.

Lay out a sheet of filo, brush with melted butter, then add another sheet. Spoon a couple tablespoons of the broccoli filling in the middle, near the bottom.

Fold over both sides.

Roll up.

Broccoli Spanakopita Recipe - rolling

Once you’re done with all of the rolls, brush the tops with butter.

Bake for 20 minutes and serve hot!

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Servings: Makes 10 rolls Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 head broccoli, finely chopped
pinch ground nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup feta cheese
1 egg, whisked
20 sheets filo dough (about 1/2 package), covered with barely-damp towel
4 tablespoons melted butter

Directions:

1. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in the olive oil and saute the onions until transluscent. Add in the garlic and the broccoli and saute for 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is just starting to get tender but still bright green. Season with nutmeg, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Remove from heat and let cool until no longer steaming. Stir in the egg and the feta cheese.

2. Preheat oven to 400F.

3. Lay 1 filo sheet on clean surface. Brush completely with melted butter. Lay another sheet on top. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the broccoli filling 1" from the bottom edge, in the middle. Fold the left side of the filo sheet over, then fold the right side over. Fold the bottom edge towards to top and roll. Place on baking sheet seam side down. Brush the top with melted butter. Repeat with remaining to make 10 rolls.

4. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and crispy.

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Broccoli Potato Bacon Hash Recipe

It’s Spring Break and my boys think it’s only right that I make them “weekend breakfasts” every morning, which means I need to channel my inner White on Rice Couple (when they were here last month, Todd & Diane made homemade waffles, bacon to order and pancakes – something different every single morning) and create hearty breakfasts. T&D – you’ve spoiled my boys.

A winner here is Broccoli, Potato and Bacon Hash – with a little fresh thyme thrown in. The diced potatoes are cooked in bacon fat. Yes, bacon fat.

Instead of using broccoli florets, I use the stems, they cube perfectly to be the same size as the potatoes and cook to a tender, happy green bite.

The broccoli stem sort of gets ignored anyways, I’ve often seen cooks cut off the florets and throw away the stem. What for!? Underneath that first tough layer is a tender crunchy stem. Just use a peeler to take away that fibrous skin.

Broccoli Potato Bacon Hash Recipe

Everything is cooked in one pan on the stove. What’s important is the order of the ingredients added to pan so that every single ingredient is cooked perfectly.

1. Cook bacon, render that fat! Remove bacon (so that it doesn’t burn)

2. Cook the potato in the bacon fat….yeah, soak up all that goodness!

3. Add in the onion

4. Add in the broccoli stems and the garlic (garlic is added at this late in the game so that it doesn’t burn)

5. Cover and finish cooking

Broccoli Potato Bacon Hash Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Use a paring knife or vegetable peeler to peel away the tough, outer layer of skin on the broccoli stem. Try to keep your potatoes diced small - the larger the potatoes, the longer it will take to cook.

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2 potatoes, cut into 1/2" dice
Stem of 1 head of broccoli, peeled and cut into 1/2" dice (about 1 cup)
salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, finely minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)

Directions:

1. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon pieces until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove and reserve the bacon, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.

2. Add the potatoes to the pan and brown the potatoes on each side, about 6-8 minutes.

3. Stir in the onions, cook for 2 minutes, then add in the broccoli and the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add in 1 tablespoon of water and cover. Let cook for 3 minutes. Check to make sure that the potato is cooked through.

4. Add the cooked bacon pieces back into the pan and season with salt, pepper and fresh thyme.

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Creamy Miso Chicken Pasta http://steamykitchen.com/19797-creamy-miso-chicken-pasta-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/19797-creamy-miso-chicken-pasta-recipe.html#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:14:35 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=19797 A light pasta with broccoli, sautéed chicken and a secret ingredient, miso.

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A few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader named Gabriela (love that name) asking for more recipes involving miso paste. Gabriela had made my 10 Minute Miso Soup recipe 4 months ago and still had this massive tub of miso paste in her refrigerator. By the way, did you know miso paste lasts for 6-8 months in your refrigerator? Just make sure after opening, cover well and store in the back of your refrigerator.

We’ll be posting miso recipes regularly for the next few months, I’m working with Marukome to develop recipes for their brand new Miso & Easy product with substitutions using regular miso paste. So, Miso & Easy is like instant miso in a squeezable bottle. You can make miso soup in seconds, there’s no need for kombu or bonito flakes or dashi – it’s all in the bottle!

This recipe can be made with Miso & Easy or regular Miso Paste (I love the all-natural low sodium miso paste from Marukome)

What is Miso?

Made from fermented soybeans, Miso is a thick paste-like substance. It is brown in color and tastes pleasantly salty and tangy on its own. Miso has a surprisingly low salt use of Miso is in Japanese-style Miso soup, Miso also adds a unique burst of flavor to salad dressings, sauces and marinades, baked tofu, vegetable dishes, and even dessert sorbets.

Often called “soybean paste” by Westerners, Miso has played a vital role in the culinary life of Japan for hundreds of years. More and more, however, the salty taste and buttery texture of Miso is becoming popular in the west, as a favorite ingredient in a range of recipes.

Miso is manufactured by adding a yeast mold known as koji to soybeans and other ingredients, and allowing them to ferment. The fermentation time, ranges from weeks to years, depending upon the specific type of Miso being produced. Once this process is complete, the fermented ingredients are ground into a paste similar in texture to that of butter.

The color, texture, and degree of saltiness of a particular Miso depends upon the ingredients used, and the duration of the fermentation process. Miso ranges in color from white to brown. The lighter varieties are less salty and more mellow in flavor, while the darker ones are saltier and have a more intense flavor.

How to make Creamy Miso Chicken Pasta

Here’s what you’re going to need:

 

…and for the sauce:

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, and then cook 1 pound of pasta according to package directions. About four minutes before the pasta is done, add some broccoli florets to the hot water. While the pasta cooks, you can cook the chicken and make the miso sauce.

Cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Then, add the chicken until cooked through and browned on all sides.

Remove the chicken from the pan and turn the heat to low. Add butter to the pan, once the butter melts add the miso. Stir the butter and miso until combined. Now, remove the pan from the heat completely.

Add the Greek yogurt and stir to combine.

When done, drain the pasta and broccoli, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water. Then, add the pasta, broccoli and reserved water to the sauce.

Now, add some shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Add the chicken then use tongs or two large spoons to toss the pasta.

Serve the pasta with a handful of finely sliced green onions sprinkled on top.

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Creamy Miso Chicken Pasta Recipe

Servings: serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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A light pasta with broccoli, sautéed chicken and a secret ingredient, miso.

If you don't have Miso & Easy product, substitute with traditional miso paste, add 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon of water in order to loosen the paste. Since traditional miso paste can be saltier, add 1 tablespoon of thinned miso to begin with, taste the final sauce and add additional miso to taste.

Ingredients:

1 pound pasta
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Miso & Easy or see above for miso paste substitution
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 green onions, finely sliced
salt and pepper

Directions:

1) Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Four minutes before the pasta is done, add broccoli florets.
2) In the meantime, season chicken with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken and cook until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 6 minutes.
3) Remove chicken, turn heat to low then add butter to skillet. Once melted, remove pan from heat and add miso, whisk until butter and miso come together then add Greek yogurt, stir to combine.
4) Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.
5) Add pasta, reserved pasta cooking water, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and chicken then toss. Garnish with green onions.

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Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Fondue (video) http://steamykitchen.com/11941-spinach-mushroom-and-bacon-cheese-fondue.html http://steamykitchen.com/11941-spinach-mushroom-and-bacon-cheese-fondue.html#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:01:17 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=11941 While most of the country is already turned on their heaters and brought out their winter jackets, we’ve been suffering from the unbearable heat with 10,254% humidity until just a few days ago. I envy those of you in cooler states, you get to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate with the mug cradled in your palms ...

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While most of the country is already turned on their heaters and brought out their winter jackets, we’ve been suffering from the unbearable heat with 10,254% humidity until just a few days ago. I envy those of you in cooler states, you get to snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate with the mug cradled in your palms for warmth.

Of course, the grass is always greener on the other side, right?

A few days ago, when it finally dipped below 80F and I could safely open the front door without it feeling like a furnace blast, we made fondue at home as well as on my cooking segment on Daytime television (video below)

First, a little about where this recipe came from. I recently hosted a recipe contest with Pacific Natural Foods where 2 winners got an all-expense paid trip to culinary boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

Lucky winners, Michael Natkin of Herbavoracious and Virginia Slim scored the trips — and I got to choose the “Jaden’s Pick” winner, which was this Spinach and Mushroom Fondue by One Spicy Dish blogger, Holly.

I stayed pretty true to her recipe…except for one thing.

I added bacon.

Would you expect anything less from me?

Dipping foods included blanched cauliflower and broccoli florets:

…asparagus spears…

….dunked in the fondue up by happy kid number 1….

…pumpernickel bread chunks, the favorite of kid number 2…

…and apple chunks, my personal favorite.

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Spinach Mushroom and Bacon Cheese Fondue Recipe

Servings: 4 as main course Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 10
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Adapted from Spinach and Mushroom Fondue by One Spicy Dish blog.

Ingredients:

32 ounces chicken or vegetable broth (I prefer Pacific Natural Food Chicken Broth)
16 oz. mild cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. gouda cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch (I prefer flour)
1 tablespoon butter
3 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 slices bacon, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz. fresh mushrooms of your choice, chopped
3/4 cup white wine (or beer)Dipping foods:
Broccoli florets
Cauliflower florets
Asparagus spears, ends trimmed and cut into 3" lengths
Green beans, trimmed
Granny smith apples, cut into chunks
Pumpernickel bread, cut into chunks

Directions:

1. Prepare the dipping foods by bringing the chicken stock to a boil in a sauce pot. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, strain out the vegetables, reserving the broth. You will use 1/4 cup of this reserved broth in the fondue, but save the rest for another use.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the shredded cheddar, shredded gouda and the flour until flour is coating cheese evenly. Set aside.

3. Take the thawed chopped spinach in your hand and squeeze as much water as you can out of the spinach. Set aside.

4. Heat a fondue pot or medium pot over medium heat with the butter and bacon. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes (make sure the bacon does not burn or cook too quickly). Add the garlic and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in wine and 1/4 cup of the previously reserved chicken broth from step 1. Bring to a simmer and in batches, add a handful of the cheese, stirring and letting the cheese melt before adding more. Stir in the chopped spinach. If the fondue becomes too thick, add a couple tablespoons of additional broth.

5. Serve fondue with the vegetables, apples and bread.

Other Fondue Recipes

Aged Cheddar & Guinness Fondue – Steamy Kitchen
Making Swiss Fondue
– David Lebovitz
Crab Fondue – Simply Recipes
Roast Pumpkin & Cheese Fondue – Epicurious
Chevre & Herb Fondue – Je Mange la Ville

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100 Flower Blossoms- a beautiful beginning for Chinese New Year http://steamykitchen.com/2191-10-flower-blossoms.html http://steamykitchen.com/2191-10-flower-blossoms.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2009 04:55:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=2191 I asked my Mom for a couple of Chinese New Year recipes to give to you, and here is one she came up with, called 100 Flower Blossoms. This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the new year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an ...

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100 Blossoms Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe

I asked my Mom for a couple of Chinese New Year recipes to give to you, and here is one she came up with, called 100 Flower Blossoms.

This dish is meant to wish you a blossoming and beautiful beginning in the new year. Mom chose broccoli and cauliflower for their plentiful florets, and the carrot slices to add an important splash of vibrant color to the dish. The swirly egg white sauce is luxurious, you can also add cooked crab meat to the sauce as well, which is what my mom prefers.

It’s important that you do add colors of orange and green to this dish – those color must balance out the white of the egg white and cauliflower. You can substitute red bell peppers for the carrots – but please – remember that Chinese Mamas know what’s best. Color is especially important for Chinese New Year dishes. White is mostly worn to symbolize the opposite of birth. Listen to my Mama. She said so.

Oh yes, do you see how perfectly vibrant the broccoli is? Do not overcook the vegetables.

Why?

Well, you want a VIBRANT new year, don’t you? Cuz a dull and soggy 2009 would totally suck!

But shhh…don’t tell her I was too lazy to go to the store and get a can of crabmeat.

Continue reading 100 FLOWER BLOSSOMS RECIPE

100 Blossoms Vegetables

See all the miniscule blossoms of the cauliflower and broccoli? More like a 100,000, not 100!

100 Flower Blossoms Recipe

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets (about 8 ounces of cut florets)
1 head broccoli, cut into florets (about 6 ounces of cut florets)
6 ounces sliced carrots
salt to taste
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 egg white

In a large pot of salted water, boil the cauliflower florets for 1½ minutes. Without removing the cauliflower, add the broccoli florets and the carrot slices to the same pot and cook for another 1½ minutes, until fork tender at the stem. Rinse the vegetables with cool water to stop the cooking and drain. Lightly salt the vegetables.

In a small bowl or cup, stir together the cornstarch and the water to make a cornstarch slurry. Set aside.

Heat a wok or large frying pan until hot. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat. Turn the heat to medium and add the garlic. Fry 15-30 seconds until fragrant, but do not burn. Pour in the vegetable broth and add the salt to taste. Let broth come to a boil.

Stir the cornstarch slurry one more time, and then pour into the broth. Stir and let simmer for 30 seconds until broth has thickened. Slowly pour in the egg white and use a fork or chopsticks to gently swirl in one direction to create long tails. Immediately turn off the heat. Taste the broth, and add additional salt if needed. Pour mixture over the vegetables and serve.

Serves 4

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