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Before my Mom came to visit, she sent a care package full of foodie goodies, and instructed me to save them for when she comes to visit.

I knew exactly what that meant – Mama’s gonna cook for me! In the package were Chinese Preserved Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage.

Sure enough, Mom announced she was making “Chinese Clay Pot Rice” for dinner the day after she arrived!

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Normally, a clay pot is used (duh! hence the name) but since I didn’t have a clay pot (broke mine during the move) – we decided to experiment with making Chinese Clay Pot Rice in the rice cooker (shortcut cheater method) and also on the stovetop in a heavy-bottomed pot (like cast iron or Le Creuset). This type of pot will ensure that the rice cooks evenly and does not burn.

There’s a a fine line between “crispy” and “burnt” rice! If you’re using a clay pot or a pot on a stove, you can get a really nice bottom crust (the best part!) that all the kids fight over.

The homemade Chinese Sweet Soy Sauce that is poured over the rice. Everything is super-easy to cook. The sauce takes 5 minutes to make. The Chinese Pork Belly and Chinese Sausage cook with the rice in the same pot.

Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

The Chinese Cured Pork Belly or “Chinese Style Cured Pork Strips” by Kam Yen Jan is what we used. It’s actually a preserved and cured ingredient (kind of like Chinese version of smoked bacon!) so just like the Chinese sausage, it keeps for several months in the refrigerator (as long as you don’t open the package).

They are both found at Asian markets.

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Watch the video to learn how to make Mom’s Chinese Lay Pot Rice Recipe with Sweet Soy Sauce!

Chinese Clay Pot Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe Video

 

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Chinese Clay Pot Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Recipe from Mama Ruthie! There are 2 versions of this recipe below - one for cooking on the stovetop and one for cooking in the rice cooker. The rice cooker method won't give you the super-coveted crispy burnt rice on the bottom of the pot - but it is definitely much easier to make.

You can find Chinese pork belly and Chinese sausage at the Asian market - they last for a long time! Buy a couple of packages and keep in the refrigerator. The Chinese rice wine is cooking wine made from rice. Substitute with dry sherry.

Ingredients:

FOR THE SWEET SOY SAUCE
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese cooking rice wine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
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FOR THE CLAY POT RICE
1 package Chinese sausage
1 package Chinese cured pork belly 
2 cups long-grain raw rice (I like jasmine rice)

Directions:

1. Make the Sweet Soy Sauce:
Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat with cooking oil. When hot, add in the shallot and the ginger and fry until browned but not burnt, approximately 3-5 minutes. The shallots should be shriveled, darker brown (just not black). Remove the shallots and ginger (as much as you can). The remaining oil will now be flavorful. Don't throw away the crispy shallots! Use this as a topping for salad, fried rice, vegetables, etc. The ginger can be discarded.

To the oil, add in the sugar, soy sauce and rice wine. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and pour in the sesame oil. Let cool completely before storing in a jar. Lasts up to 4 months in refrigerator.

2. Make the Clay Pot Rice

IF COOKING IN RICE COOKER
Place the rice in the rice cooker pot. Fill pot halfway with water and use your hands to swish the rice. Carefully pour out the water. Repeat 2-3 more times until the water is just barely cloudy. Pour in water until it reaches your knuckle. Use this Chinese method to measure water. Lay in the Chinese sausage and pork belly strips. Set rice cooker to cook. When cooking complete, remove pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.

IF COOKING ON STOVETOP
To the pot (preferably clay, cast iron, enameled cast iron or some kind of heavy-bottomed pot), add in the pork belly and Chinese sausage. Turn the heat to medium-high. As the pot heats up, the pork and sausage will slowly begin to release its fats (yum!). Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the pork and sausage and cook the other side. Remove the pork and sausage to a plate. You should have about a tablespoon of delicious fat in your pot! Add in your raw rice to the pot (still on medium-high heat) gently stir the raw rice in the fat for 30 seconds until coated. Pour in 3 cups of water and snuggle in the pork belly and sausage in the rice. Bring to a low boil. Turn heat to low and immediately cover. Cook for 12 minutes. When done cooking, pork belly and Chinese sausage and slice thinly on the diagonal. Serve with rice and Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on top.

 

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Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe

My parents came to visit us last week, a pitstop on their way to a Transatlantic cruise and vacation. Normally, when they come visit, Mom will call a week before to get “my list” of things to bring – Asian foodstuffs that I can’t buy in my Florida markets but that she can find near her home in Las Vegas.

This time though, their luggage was limited and I could only request what could be hand-carried. I asked for probably the most rude things to hand-carry on a plane — Chinese Preserved Salty Fish (Chinese Fried Rice with Salty Fish will be an upcoming recipe and video).

Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe

Mom surprised me with two other items: special brand of Chinese sausage from Canada and 2 pounds of fresh Chinese Roast Pork from the #1 rated place in Las Vegas – BBQ King.

You know your parents love you when they dare to bring such possibly pungent delicacies on the plane. Thank goodness that the salty fish was triple wrapped and sealed tight.

Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe

Chinese sausage is unlike any meat you’ve ever eaten before. “Lap Cheong” 臘腸 is made most popularly from pork and is marinated and smoked. You can also find Chinese sausage made from duck liver or pork liver too (darker deep reddish/brown color).

Flavor:  sweet-salty, smokey, savory and unctuous with little pockets of fat that just melt during cooking. Think of candied bacon. Or when maple syrup from your pancake pools onto your thick bacon. That’s about the closest I can get to a description.

Most Asian supermarkets will stock Chinese sausage – since it’s dried, cured and smoked, the package will last for over a year if unopened (also check the expiration date on package). You can also freeze the package for a long time If you’ve opened a package and only use a few links, wrap the remaining tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 6 months or store in freezer.

Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe

220px-Chinesesausageunpackaged If you’ve got a Chinatown in your area, sometimes you’ll find Chinese sausage hanging by string like the photo above! (photo source)

Okay, now how to cook with Chinese sausage!? The simplest way is to just snuggle a few links into your rice grains and they will cook up along with the rice. Once cooked, just slice and eat.

I also love dicing Chinese Sausage for my fried rice like this:

Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe

(The Chinese Sausage Fried Rice recipe is in my first cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook now available in paperback for $16.35 at Amazon)

Years ago, Mom taught me how to make Chinese Sausage with Sweet Soy Sauce drizzled on the rice and it’s still one of my all-time favorite Chinese dishes. (Actually, I think Scott and the kids would also agree it’s theirs too) This recipe is also in my first cookbook – but I’m sharing it with you below.

Here’s a new video to show you how to cook the sausage with the rice!

Chinese Sausage and Rice Recipe Video

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How to Cook Chinese Sausage with Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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The Sweet Soy Sauce is optional - trust me, the Chinese Sausage will have plenty of flavor alone. Cook the Sweet Soy Sauce while your Chinese Sausage and rice cook.

Ingredients:

For the Chinese Sausage and Rice
2 cups uncooked rice, washed and drained well
4 Chinese sausages
For the Sweet Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon cooking oil (grapeseed, canola, vegetable, rice or peanut)
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 shallot, roughly chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

Chinese Sausage and Rice Directions

Fill a pot with the rice and enough water to cover by 3/4". Snuggle the sausages in the rice grains. Turn the heat to high. When the water near the edge of the pot starts bubbling, cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes.

Turn off heat and keep covered! Let it sit with the lid on for 5 minutes to finish the steaming process. Remove the sausages (careful, they are hot!) and slice them on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Arrange the sausages on top of the rice and drizzle the Sweet Soy Sauce on top. Serve extra Sweet Soy Sauce at the table for drizzling.

Sweet Soy Sauce Directions

In a small saucepan, add in the oil, garlic and shallot. Turn heat to low and let the garlic and shallot cook slowly until they begin to brown but not burn. Carefully remove the shallots and garlic and discard, leaving the flavored oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.

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Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

This is one of my go-to dishes when I’ve run out of time, have barely any fresh ingredients in the house and in need of a spicy fix. Thai curry only takes 15 minutes to make, from start to finish, including the rice if you use my microwave method.

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

The recipe is crazy flexible – use whatever seafood you’d like – I happen to have a bag of frozen bay scallops in the freezer and a couple of bell peppers. The Thai curry paste and coconut milk both are from a can, the rice from the pantry.

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

Oh yes, the rice! It’s actually a blend of quinoa and jasmine rice. All you need to do is stir in a couple of spoonfuls of quinoa grains to the raw rice and cook them together.

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

The boys LOVE rice, but aren’t big fans of quinoa – but it’s so healthy for them that I mix it in (sorry, boys!)

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

The Thai basil is from my garden, but you can use regular fresh basil that you can find at the market. Or leave it out if you don’t want it!

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe Video

I’ve been busy creating videos for each recipe – it doubles the work required in creating recipes, but I think the video is worth it. Generally, from start to finish, a recipe now takes me and my team 15 hours.

If you’re curious, I’ll have to detail out what we do step by step in recipe development and publishing soon!

Thai Seafood Curry Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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This Thai Seafood Curry Recipe only takes 15 minutes to cook. You can cook the rice in the microwave (see link in the recipe below) while you cook the curry on the stovetop.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rice
1 teaspoon cooking oil
4 ounce can of Thai curry paste
14 ounce can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 pound seafood: bay scallops, shrimp, fish, etc.
sprig of fresh basil, leaves torn

Directions:

1. Cook the rice according to package instructions. Here are my instructions for how to cook rice in the microwave.

2. In a wok or saute pan, heat up the cooking oil over medium-low heat. When shimmering, carefully add in about half of the curry paste and stir for 15 seconds to release its flavors. Whisk in just 1/4 cup of the coconut milk until the curry paste is fully mixed in. Pour in the remaining coconut milk, turn the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.

3. Whisk in the fish sauce and taste. If you'd like it more spicy, add in more curry paste. If the curry needs more flavor (not necessarily spice), add in additional fish sauce.

4. Add in the bell peppers and the the scallops. Simmer for 4 minutes or until the scallops are just cooked through. Turn off the heat. Stir in the fresh basil. Serve over rice.

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How to cook perfect rice in the microwave http://steamykitchen.com/22048-how-to-microwave-rice-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/22048-how-to-microwave-rice-recipe.html#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:05:52 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=22048 How to cook rice in the microwave - in less than half the time it takes on stove or rice cooker.

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Microwave Rice RecipeHow to cook rice in the microwave, perfect every time.

We used to live in planned community before we moved out here on our homestead. It was one of those neighborhoods where you signed a contract stating that your mulch will never be less than 6″ deep. We got a letter once that we were in violation of contract. someone actually TOOK A RULER TO OUR MULCH. Who has that much time, really!?

When we designed that house, we were given a palette to choose from for our paint colors, inside and out, carpet colors, countertop colors and cabinet colors. We had flown in to do the design session, so we only had a few hours to plan the entire house. Such pressure. I was just newly pregnant at the time, so my patience, mental state and synapsing were at lowest levels.

That’s how we ended up with a $1,300 microwave.

For the 9 years that we lived in that house, we used the microwave to heat up leftovers and to make popcorn.

It wasn’t until we moved here at our current home that I started playing with the microwave. We’ve still have yet to tear up this kitchen to remodel (waiting for my editor to give me a-ok on all edits of my manuscript before I render myself kitchenless for 6 weeks.)

My kitchen is smaller, the stovetop uneven, the hood sucks (haha) — so I’ve been looking for ways to be a little more efficient with the microwave, which is just a regular ol’ microwave, not a fancy $1,300 unit.

I bought this Nordicware Microwave Rice Cooker on a whim (hey, it was only $11!!!) just to test it out – totally expecting rice failure. You see, I’m a rice snob. I invested in a $300 Zojirushi, the mother of all rice cookers.

Perfect Microwaved Rice Recipe

Boy was I wrong. Fluffy, perfectly evenly cooked rice from the microwave. Side by side, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between $300 rice cooker or $11 rice cooker. Just don’t tell my husband that, okay? He’ll never let me shop for expensive cookware again.

  • Microwaved rice looks the same
  • Microwaved rice tastes the same
  • Microwaved rice smells the same
  • Microwaved rice fluffs the same

btw, this is regular raw rice – not that tasteless parboiled Uncle Ben’s stuff.

The secret to microwaving rice is to add the right amount of water. Too much water = soggy rice. Too little water = dry rice. Just right water = just right rice.

Evenly Cooked Microwaved Rice Recipe

 

How to cook rice in the microwave

Start with regular white rice (not the half-cooked, parboiled kind) – you can use basmati, jasmine, sushi rice.
*I’ll have to write separate post on how to microwave brown rice and wild rice next time – different water + timing instructions

For 4 people, add 1 1/2 cups of rice. This will make about 3 cups of cooked rice.

Measure Uncooked Rice

Pour in some cool water and swish the rice around to wash it.  Carefully pour out the water, keeping the rice in the pot. Just tilt the pot – the water will pour out and the rice will stay at bottom. You can even use your hands to cup the rice to prevent it from spilling out as you pour the water out. Repeat this 3 times more. Your water will be less cloudy each time. Note – the water will never be completely clear – rice is a starch, starch will cloud the water a bit!

The purpose of this is to wash the rice, getting rid of any dirt, dust and extra starch that coats the rice. Extra starch on rice makes the rice very sticky and gummy. When you wash it away, you’ll notice a big difference in the quality of the cooked rice.

Washing Rice

Once you’re done with the washing, pour the water out again.

How to microwave rice recipe wash rice

Now we’re going to add the cooking water. Add enough water so that it covers the rice by 1″. Sure, you can break out your ruler and do this, or you can do what my Dad taught me, use your finger to measure. It’s an Ancient Chinese Secret (okay, perhaps back then they didn’t have measuring cups.)

Put your clean finger in the pot so that the tip of your finger touches the top of the rice (don’t go all the way to the bottom – we are measuring from top of rice.) For most ladies (and men with small hands) 1″ is where your first knuckle is. DONE.

For men or ladies with large hands, just add enough water to go below the knuckle (or use your pinky finger.)

How to microwave rice recipe measure water

 

Okay, let me show you again, this time with my mad Photoshop skillz.

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How to microwave rice recipe measure water step 3
*Thanks free clip art! (though originally he was holding a cell phone)

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Why is this method superior to measuring cups?

  • It doesn’t matter how much rice you start with (you measure from the top of the rice, so if you have more rice in the pot, you’ll end up adding more water to get it up to 1″)
  • You don’t have to memorize measurements or ratios
  • It doesn’t matter what kind of pot you use
  • It doesn’t matter how you cook the rice (microwave or stovetop)
  • It doesn’t matter how well you’ve drained the rice after washing (if you don’t drain all of the water, you could end up with too much water in the pot)

The method is the same.

See? Ancient Chinese secret.

Put the lid on. Notice this rice cooker has air vents – this allows the steam to escape during cooking, which is good. If you use a microwave pot that has a very tight fitting lid, your lid will explode off. If you are using a any other microwave vessel (even a Pyrex!), put the lid on but just set it on top. Corningware glass lids will work fine – the steam will escape between the glass and pot.

How to microwave rice recipe covering the pot

Microwave for 9 minutes on high. Let it sit for 3 minutes undisturbed to finish cooking. Then it’s done.

How to microwave rice recipe in 9 minutes

You’ve now cooked rice in less than half the time it takes, cheaper than my ahem, $300 machine, using less energy than a stove, and you don’t have to babysit the pot.

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Microwave cookware I recommend

How I microwave rice – Nordicware Microwave Rice Cooker $11 (Amazon.com)

How I make soft and hardboiled eggs in the microwave – Nordicware Microwave Egg Boiler $11 (Amazon.com)

 

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 1 minute Cook Time: 12 mintutes
How to Microwave Rice Recipe

To make perfect microwaved rice, follow these instructions.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white rice - basmati, jasmine, sushi rice
2 1/4 cups water

Directions:

1. Scoop the rice into the microwave-safe container, pot or steamer. Fill the pot with water and swish the water and rice with your hands. Pour out the water, keeping the rice in the pot (just cup your hands around the rice to prevent it from pouring out). Repeat for 2-3 more times until the water is just barely cloudy.

2. Add enough water to cover the rice by about 1" - or place your finger straight down touching the top of the rice. The water should meet your first knuckle (ladies or men with small hands) and just under the first knuckle (men or ladies with big hands)

For 1 1/2 cups of rice, this is approximately 2 1/4 cups of water

3. Microwave on high for 9 minutes. Let rest covered for 3 minutes.

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I was sent a lovely note from blog reader, Carol, requesting a recipe for scallops with a lovely fruity sauce. It’s a dish from Blackfin Bistro, a restaurant in Key West, but sadly they no longer have it on the menu. Don’t you hate that? Fall in love with a restaurant’s dish and then it disappears from the menu!

Fortunately for me, I love a challenge of replicating a restaurant dish….and so do many others! Check out my friend Stephanie’s website, CopyKat Recipes. I’ve recreated Carabba’s herby-garlicky bread dip, Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad and one day I’ll figure out how to make Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion without setting off the smoke alarm.

So, Carol, here’s a recipe for you – hopefully it will come close to what you once ordered. It’s got all elements of a good dish – salty, savory, sweet, tangy and buttery. Big thanks to Adam and Joanne for this recipe!

Scallops with Apricot Sauce

Here’s what you’re going to need:

Start by patting each scallop dry with a paper towel so they sear nicely when cooked.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat, add some olive oil then add the scallops. Once the scallops are in the pan, try not to move them until they have a nice brown crust, this will take about 2 minutes. Next, flip and cook until the second side is also seared.

While the scallops cook, make the sauce. Add grated or finely minced ginger to some olive oil over medium heat. Cook until the ginger just begins to brown.

Then, add the apricot jam.

Add a some soy sauce….

and if the sauce is really thick, a tablespoon or so of water to thin it out a bit.

Serve the scallops on top of rice or alongside vegetables with a drizzle of apricot sauce.

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Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins
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Seared scallops served with a simple apricot sauce and served over cilantro-lime rice.

Ingredients:

FOR THE SCALLOPS
12 large scallops, patted dry
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons grated or finely minced ginger
1/2 cup apricot jam
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1-2 tablespoons water
salt and pepper
1 lime FOR THE CILANTRO LIME RICE
1 cup rice grains + water to cook
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice

Directions:

1. Cook the rice according to package instructions then toss with cilantro, lime zest and lime juice.
2.Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Season both sides of each scallop with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan then add scallops and cook 1-2 minutes on both sides, until a golden brown crust forms and the centers are slightly translucent.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a medium skillet. Add ginger and cook about 30 seconds until it begins to brown. Add jam and soy sauce, stir until combined and heated through. If the sauce is too thick, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin the sauce.
4. Serve scallops over rice with a drizzle of apricot sauce and a spritz of fresh lime juice.

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Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for my bad habits (impatience and spontaneity).

After spying a bag of bacalao at my local market, I decided to create a recipe that that would cut out a major tedious step. Unfortunately, I couldn’t nix the “forethought” part – as bacalao needs to be soaked overnight in water to get rid of some of its salt. It’s a step that can’t be skipped (boo) and there really isn’t a good shortcut.

The “major tedious step” I’m talking about is boiling the potatoes first before adding it to the dish. Okay, so I’m being dramatic, but bringing a large pot of water to boil (and of course, staring at the darn thing waiting for the first bubbles) and then cooking the potatoes until tender is crazy boring and requires another pot on the stove.

Instead, dice the potatoes into 1/2″ dice, briefly brown them in the saute pan along with the rest of the vegetables. Then add the bacalao, a cup of water, cover and let ’em all simmer quietly and harmoniously for 15 minutes, just enough time to cook the potatoes through.

Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa….or enjoy with a loaf of bread.

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

Step 1: soak the bacalao overnight in cool water. This is a step you cannot skip….the fish will be way to salty.

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

The fresh ingredients – bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomatoes, salt cod (bacalao), celery and potatoes. All the veg are diced small – quicker cooking!

First, brown the potatoes in the saute pan.

Then saute the aromatics – garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery.

and add the rest of the ingredients in:

Including the de-salted (and drained) bacalao.

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve over rice, pasta, quinoa…or enjoy with a loaf of bread.

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Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes + overnight soaking Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2" dice
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup water
2 cups rice grains + water to cook
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 pound salt cod (bacalao), soaked overnight (see note below)

Directions:

1. The night before, cover the bacalao with cool water and refrigerate.

2. Drain the bacalao, rinse with fresh water. Cut into 1" pieces.

3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat with the olive oil. When hot, add the potatoes and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Add in the bell pepper, onion, celery and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water and stir. Bring to a simmer and add in the bacalao. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. Stir in the parsley.

4. In the meantime, cook the rice according to package instructions. Serve the stew over rice.

 

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Leftover Turkey Recipe: Turkey Gumbo http://steamykitchen.com/19344-turkey-gumbo-leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/19344-turkey-gumbo-leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe.html#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:00:42 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=19344 Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to make this simple Turkey Gumbo Recipe!

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I know it’s a little early to think about Thanksgiving leftovers, but believe me, time goes by so crazy fast! Once the big meal is over, even after the late-night refrigerator raid (you sneak in and pick at the turkey in the refrigerator too, right?!), we’ll always have more than enough leftover turkey for Turkey Gumbo.

Since Thanksgiving is such a big, heavy dinner, I created this recipe with restraint in mind.  It’s a lighter, milder version of gumbo than what you may be used to, a little more broth-y and no mouth-burning cayenne pepper or hot sauce, since the little kids will be enjoying this too (but feel free to douse your version with as much hot chili pepper as you like!)

While the ingredient list may look long, it is ingredients that you’ll probably have on hand anyways from cooking Thanksgiving meal. Leftover turkey meat is stirred into the gumbo at the end, just to heat through. The slow-simmered, richly flavored Turkey Gumbo served over steaming hot rice may just break the monotony of leftover turkey sandwiches this year for you too.

Making the Roux for Turkey Gumbo

Roux is cooking fat+flour over low heat to create a nutty thickener used in much of Southern cooking. It’s a simple, essential step for the gumbo, but takes a little patience as you have to cook the roux over low heat and stir frequently.

Traditional recipes call for 1:1 ratio of fat to flour, but I’ve found that I could use less fat and still achieve the same results, though I think Paula Deen would heartily disagree with me.

I like using butter as my fat, it’s the the most flavor — uh — unless you want to use bacon drippings (yay!) or even lard (double-yay!).

4 tablespoons of butter + 6 tablespoons all purpose flour. For gluten-free version, many have recommended using potato starch or rice flour.

Use a heavy-bottomed pot for best results. Thin pots = more likihood for burned roux. Once the butter starts bubblin’ a bit, sprinkle in the flour and stir.

Stir until the flour is totally incorporated. I use a silicone rubber spatula – here’s why: I’m not patient enough to stand over the stove constantly stirring nonstop. So I leave the silicone spatula in the pot – it doesn’t burn nor does it get hot. Every 30-40 seconds or so, I’ll stir. In the meantime, I’m choppin’ vegetables on a cutting board right next to the stove.

After a nearly 10 minutes, it will look smooth and the color of peanut butter. This is where I stop. By this time not only am I bored to tears, but a lighter roux makes a lighter gumbo. Feel free to keep cookin’ the roux if you have nothing else to do!

I’ve got onions, celery, green pepper, smoked sausage and whatever bits and pieces of vegetable I have in the refrigerator, basically any unused vegetables (like carrots, red bell pepper) from cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Everything gets s simmered with a can of tomatoes and chicken broth for an hour or so.

In goes the frozen (no need to defrost) or fresh okra

and at the end, stir in the cooked, leftover turkey

Serve over rice. Isn’t this Turkey Gumbo better than your 48th turkey sandwich!?? Serve over rice!

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Turkey Gumbo Recipe (with leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

Servings: 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
Turkey Gumbo Recipe

Don't worry about the long ingredient list, most of the ingredients are things you'll have in your refrigerator anyways, from cooking Thanksgiving feast! For gluten-free Turkey Gumbo, use rice flour, corn flour or potato starch in place of the flour.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 bell peppers, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried thyme
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pound kielbasa, smoked or polish sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
8 cups water
2-3 cups frozen or fresh okra
2 cups cooked, shredded leftover turkey
salt and pepper to taste
small handful fresh parsley, chopped
cooked rice

Directions:

Heat a large stockpot with the butter over medium heat. When the butter begins to bubble a bit, use a whisk or wooden spoon to add in the flour, a little at a time. Continue stirring for a 2 minutes, until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter. Turn the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until the roux has turned into the color of peanut butter. Make sure that the roux does not burn - stay close by!

Return heat to medium and add in the bell peppers, celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook another minute or so until fragrant. Add in the bay leaves, oregano, thyme, tomatoes, smoked sausage, broth and water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 hour.

Add in the okra, cook 2 minutes, then add in the cooked turkey. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir in chopped parsley. Serve over cooked rice.

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Sushi Rice http://steamykitchen.com/15648-sushi-rice.html http://steamykitchen.com/15648-sushi-rice.html#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 17:42:21 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15648 Learn how to make sushi rice step by step – on my other site, New Asian Cuisine. Photos and instructions from Hideo Dekura, Brigid Treloar, Ryuichi Yoshii, Authors of The Complete Book of Sushi

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Learn how to make sushi rice step by step – on my other site, New Asian Cuisine. Photos and instructions from Hideo Dekura, Brigid Treloar, Ryuichi Yoshii, Authors of The Complete Book of Sushi

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Green Eggs and Ham Sushi http://steamykitchen.com/11807-green-eggs-and-ham-sushi.html http://steamykitchen.com/11807-green-eggs-and-ham-sushi.html#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:58:24 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=11807 Hey guys ‘n gals – it’s Green Eggs and Ham 50th Anniversary this year and to celebrate, rock stars Melissa d’Arabian, Michael Symon, Mitzi Dulan and I created some fun recipes using…you guessed it…green eggs and ham. Together, we’re on the consumer advisory council for the Pork Board. I’ll tell you what though, my toughest cooking challenge ever was making ...

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green eggs and ham book sushi recipeHey guys ‘n gals – it’s Green Eggs and Ham 50th Anniversary this year and to celebrate, rock stars Melissa d’Arabian, Michael Symon, Mitzi Dulan and I created some fun recipes using…you guessed it…green eggs and ham. Together, we’re on the consumer advisory council for the Pork Board.

I’ll tell you what though, my toughest cooking challenge ever was making green eggs look appetizing! My first experiment with green food coloring in the eggs resulted in a gnarly concoction that looked more like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.

uhh….hmm….ha!

 

Okay, so Dr. Seuss books aren’t great for appetite and I’m suspiciously eyeing that Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook. I wanted to create food that wasn’t just for show and tell but a dish that was actually appetizingt o both little kids and big kids.

So, Green Eggs and Ham Sushi was born (hat tip to American Style Sushi Cookbook). The eggs are mixed with chopped spinach, lots of chopped spinach.

By the way, did you know you can also get the book with Chinese and English, French (les oeufs vert et jamon) and even Italian (proscuitto e uova verdi). The boys really love the animated DVD (it’s only $5.99!)

 

Below are step by step photos on how to roll the sushi – please try it with your kids! They’ll have a blast making sushi with you!

Take a look at more Green Eggs and Ham Recipes
Melissa d’Arabian: Ham and Green Egg Mini Tartlets
Mitzi Dulan: Ham and Avocado Deviled Eggs
Michael Symon: Ham Sandwich with Greens and Eggs

oooh and before you go…can I humor you with An Ode to Spam in the Style of Seuss?

 

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Green Eggs and Ham Sushi

Servings: 4 (makes 4-6 large rolls, about 24-36 sushi pieces) Prep Time: Cook Time:
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A few tips: Make sure you get sushi rice and not long grain rice. Only short grain rice is suitable for sushi making. I buy seasoned rice vinegar - which already contains sugar and salt. If you only have unseasoned - simmer 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Let cool before using. Buy very thin ham slices, deli-style thin is best.

Ingredients:

Sushi Rice
2 cups short-grain sushi rice
2 cups + 2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegarSushi Spinach-Egg Filling:
1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach, defrosted
1 teaspoon cooking oil
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon saltSushi Rolls:
6-8 thin ham slices (thin deli-style sandwich ham)
6 sheets sushi seaweed (nori) 7 1/2" x 9" sheet
bamboo sushi mat, completely wrapped with plastic wrap on both sides
Sushi Rice

Directions:

Make the sushi rice : Place rice in fine-mesh colander and rinse well to remove excess starch; drain. Transfer to a 2 1/2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan. Add water. Cover with tight fitting lid and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low or medium-low. Very gently simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 15 minutes. Transfer rice to a large baking dish or large bowl. Slightly cool. Sprinkle with rice vinegar; very gently toss until combined. Cool to room temperature. Cover with damp towel to prevent rice from drying out. When making sushi, you want the rice to be close to room temperature (hot, steaming rice will make the seaweed soggy).

Meanwhile, for the spinach-egg filling, squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible.

Finely chop the spinach. Gently fry the eggs with the spinach and season with salt. Let cool before rolling sushi.

To roll the sushi, have all your ingredients ready.

Lay out the sushi mat, with the bamboo running horizontally. The sushi mat should be completely wrapped in plastic wrap (otherwise the rice will stick to it). Lay the nori on the mat.

Wet your hands, fling off excess water and grab about 3/4 cup of the sushi rice. Damp hands will prevent the rice from sticking. Use your fingertips and gently spread out the rice all over the seaweed.

You don't want too much rice - just enough to barely cover.

Lay down the ham.

Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the egg/spinach mixture. Move the nori so it is flush with the bottom of the mat.

Now bring up the edge of the mat.

Begin rolling - but keep the edge of the bamboo mat up on top of the rice. Roll with one hand, and use the other hand to gently tug the mat. This will ensure a tight roll.

See how I keep the edge of the bamboo mat up? Continue rolling and gently tugging until roll is complete.

Give it nice final tug back to tighten roll.

There you go. See how even the roll is?

Dip the tip your knife in water, and slice into 6 even pieces. A wet knife tip will prevent sticking.

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10-Minute Shrimp and Mushroom Thai Curry http://steamykitchen.com/10910-10-minute-shrimp-and-mushroom-thai-curry.html http://steamykitchen.com/10910-10-minute-shrimp-and-mushroom-thai-curry.html#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:17:55 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=10910 When all else fails, there’s always curry to fall back on. Despite all the beautiful food you see on this blog, I do have my share of kitchen disasters (that blob of charcoal was supposed to be fried chicken). Thai curry is my “break in case of emergency” meal – as I always have a can of coconut milk, a ...

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When all else fails, there’s always curry to fall back on. Despite all the beautiful food you see on this blog, I do have my share of kitchen disasters (that blob of charcoal was supposed to be fried chicken).

Thai curry is my “break in case of emergency” meal – as I always have a can of coconut milk, a can of curry paste, shrimp in the freezer and miscellaneous vegetables in the refrigerator. Rice is only a one-finger trigger button away or already cooked, stored in the freezer.

Here’s what I used:

Fresh mushrooms: I love the meatiness of large King Trumpet mushrooms, but you can use fresh shiitake or even regular white mushrooms. By the way, there are quite a few mushroom recipes on Hokto’s site that I’ve developed for them…their mushrooms are organic and grown in California)

Thai curry: Comes in a can (like above), a plastic tub or envelope packet. If you buy a big tub of it, you can store unused portion in refrigerator for a few months. But I prefer to get the small cans.

Coconut milk: Which is not coco-loco (used for cocktails). Look in the Asian aisle of supermarket. If there are many different brands, shake the cans. The ones that sounds watery will be…well…watery and tasteless. Go for the cans that sounds like its full of thick liquid.

Shrimp: Tail on or off, up to you.

Vegetables: Bell peppers and fresh basil leaves (not pictured) – you can use Thai basil if you have, or just regular sweet basil is fine too.

Step 1: You’ll want to cook the curry paste just a bit, just to release the oils and the flavors. The amount of curry paste you use is totally up to you (and you can always add more in later after tasting the curry).

Step 2: Now pour in the coconut milk and whisk to incorporate the curry. This helps the curry paste break down and become smooth.

Step 3: add in the vegetables to cook for a couple of minutes. At this point, taste the curry, and if you want it more spicy, then whisk in additional curry paste.

Step 4: Now for the shrimp. cook until shrimp is cooked through.

Step 5: Throw in the basil leaves, stir and you’re done.

Serve over cooked rice.

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Thai Shrimp Curry

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 4 Cook Time: 6
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The amount of curry paste you use is totally up to you. I've used 2 tablespoons, which is about medium spice level. You can always add more curry paste after tasting, so it's best to start with a little bit and work your way up. If you're cooking rice, make extra and freeze for next time.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon cooking oil
2 tablespoons red curry paste (or more)
12 ounces coconut milk
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
8 ounces fresh mushrooms (I used King Trumpet mushrooms)
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
16 basil leaves (optional)
Cooked rice

Directions:

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, once hot add in the cooking oil and red curry paste. Whisk for about 30 seconds. Pour in the coconut milk and whisk to combine. When it comes to a simmer, add in the mushrooms and the red peppers and continue cooking for 3 minutes. Taste and whisk in additional curry paste if you want. Add the shrimp to the curry and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through. Stir in the basil and serve over rice.

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