Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:40:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Vegetarian Korean Japchae Noodle Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/36179-vegetarian-korean-japchae-noodle-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/36179-vegetarian-korean-japchae-noodle-recipe.html#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:53:18 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=36179 Make Korean Japchae Noodles (Glass Noodles) - Recipe and how-to video from cookbook author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen. This recipe is vegetarian and includes sweet potato, kale and swiss chard providing a nutrient rich meal!

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Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe Vegetarian

Scott’s garden yielded a bucket of sweet potatoes and my raised beds finished the Spring growing season sputtering out the last of the kale and swiss chard. Summer is when we put the raised beds to rest – it’s just too darn hot to grow anything except hot chile peppers and okra (which sounds kinda good together too!)

We decided on making one of Korea’s most popular dishes, Japchae, or Glass Noodles. If you have friends or family on this or that diet, this is a dish that just might please everyone (well, except for meat-only eaters).

Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe Vegetarian

So what are dang myung noodles??

Dang Myung noodles are made from sweet potato starch, so they are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free and peanut-free. The back of every package that I’ve found at the Asian market states that the only ingredient is Sweet Potato Starch. I’m not so sure of that. There’s got to be some other ingredient in these noodles – can anyone confirm?

The noodles are stretchy, neutral flavored (duh!), slightly chewy and springy in texture. What they are great for is soaking up all of the flavors in the dish. Not much seasoning is needed because the noodles really act like a sponge.

FOOD FIGHT!!!

The other thing these noodles are fantastic for is FOOD FIGHT! Because they are so elastic, you can flick your wrist and SLAP your opponents face with a tangle mess of stinging wet noodles. Watch the recipe video…and at the end and see how well this works. I let the boys go at it with each other!

But beware….10 Minutes of food fighting fun, 40 minutes of cleanup. But the boys said it was all worth it. My camera lens….not so happy. I got hit too!

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Korean Japchae Glass Noodles Recipe - Super Foods Version!

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe Vegetarian

The key to this recipe is adding each ingredient separately - in the video, the sweet potato takes the longest to cook, so it goes in first.

Feel free to customize! Add mushrooms (add with the onions); matchstick carrots or fresh spinach leaves (add them the same time as the kale/swiss chard).

Ingredients:

6 ounces dried Korean glass noodles (sweet potato)
1 medium sweet potato
4 big handfuls kale and swiss chard
1 onion
1 stalk green onion
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Directions:

PREP INGREDIENTS:
1. Boil a pot of water (about 2 quarts). Turn off heat and add in the glass noodles. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Vegetables:
-Kale/Swiss Chard: Fold leaves in half, tear away the leafy part from tough stem (discard stem). Cut or tear leaves into bite sized pieces.
-Dice the sweet potatoes into 1/2" dice (the smaller you dice, the quicker it will cook)
-Onion: Slice onion into thin slices.
-Green Onion: chop.
-Finely mince the garlic.
3. In bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil.
4. If 10 minutes have passed for the noodles, drain the noodles.

COOK:
1. Heat wok with cooking oil over medium heat. Add in the sweet potatoes and cook for 3 minutes each side. The sweet potatoes should be lightly browned, darker orange and just nearly cooked through.
2. Turn heat to medium-high and add in the onions. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, until onions become translucent.
3. Add in the garlic and green onion. Toss well and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
4. Add in the leafy vegetables. Use tongs to toss well and cook for 1 1/2 minutes or until the vegetables are wilting.
5. Add in the noodles and pour in the sauce. Toss well again to combine everything. Finish off with sesame seeds.

 

Items I use (and love!)

This baby is my favorite way to mince garlic. It can do up to 4 cloves at the same time!
Since we’ve sold out of the Steamy Kitchen Woks (thank you to all the customers!) I’ve been using and loving this Anolon Wok – it’s got a flat bottom, hard-anodized aluminum with nonstick, a great lid that you can see through and heat resistant handles. And, the price is amazing! Great for gas or electric.

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything!

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But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing husband won’t touch it….and therefore my kids won’t dip in it either. Sigh. I keep telling the kids that, “Buddha is a happy eater (see his belly!?) and he would want you to eat like Mama, not Dad.”

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My friend, Blender Girl (okay, her name is really Tess) just came out with a cookbook called The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes.

I found a recipe for Orange Almond Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Big massive hit all around. It’s creamy, light and made with almond butter and fresh citrus juices for something a little different.

If you vow to cook a little healthier this summer – take a look at Tess’ book with 100 recipes that are good for you. The blender does all the hard work! The book features smoothies you’d expect from a blender book – as well as sauces, soups, marinades, dressings and desserts.

The book is currently #3 cookbook on Amazon!

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Servings: Makes 16 rolls Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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You can make these rolls up to a day ahead. Here's what you need to remember: Place the rolls on a clean, dry plate in a single layer. If you want to stack multiple layers, place a sheet of plastic wrap between each layer. This prevents the rolls from sticking to each other. When all rolls are done, make sure you cover everything with plastic wrap - this prevents the rice paper from drying out in the refrigerator.

If you can't find almond butter - you can use any type of nut butter.

OPTIONAL: Soak the matchstick carrots and julienned cucumbers in 3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar. It will add the amazing "zing" that you'll love!

Recipe adapted from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Ingredients:

FOR THE SPRING ROLLS
6 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles
16 large dried rice paper wrappers
8 large lettuce leaves, preferably soft ones, halved and hard ribs removed
1 cup, matchstick cut carrots
2 cucumbers, julienned
1-2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1-2 bell pepper, cored, julienned
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 cup loosely packed mint
1 cup loosely packed basil




FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND SAUCE
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon honey or coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Soak the noodles in hot water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain.

To assemble the rolls, fill a shallow dish half full with hot water (hot to the touch but not boiling. and submerge one rice paper wrapper for 5 seconds, let excess water drop off.  Place wrapper on a clean, dry surface and fold in half to form a half-circle. The wrapper should still be a bit stiff, but will soften by the time you've finished filling with vegetables.

Place a lettuce leaf in the middle of the half-circle and top it with a forkful of noodles, and then add a bit of each of the vegetables and herbs.  Carefully roll up the Vietnamese Spring Roll and set it on a dish, seam-side down in single layer. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. If not serving immediately, chill in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. 

To make the dipping sauce, throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for about 1 minute, until well combined. You may want to add an additional tablespoon or two of water to thin out the sauce. Stir in sesame seeds. Serve alongside the rolls.

 

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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 :-)

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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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Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you serve wings whole like I have in this recipe.

Any wing connoisseur will tell you that each of the 3 parts of the wings are incredibly different. The drumstick end is meaty, easy to eat, but can be a little dry if you over cook them. The flat part is the most tender (especially the sliver of meat between the bones) but is a little fussy to eat.

The small flapper part, which gets discarded and ignored most of the time, is the little crispy treat that has the most flavor of all. Since it’s so thin and small, it tends to get caramelized the most – and nibbling the edge of the flap is so tasty.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

And lastly, because you and I have become friends, I’ll confess that my favorite part most of all (I know you’re saying, wait…there’s ANOTHER part!?) is the cartilage. Perhaps is my Asian heritage (we love to eat all sorts of strange animal parts), but the soft-yet-crunchy white bits that holds together each wing section is irresistible.

There. I’ve told you. It took me 4 months of dating Scott before I would let him see me eating the cartilage. The first time that I did, he was sitting across from me at Hooters, enjoying his plate of wings and beer.

“crunch. crunch. crunch.”

He looked up at me. “Are you eating the bone?”

When I told him, he just shrugged off my eccentricity and went back to eating.

That’s when I knew I was in love.

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

These Sticky Asian Chicken Wings are a recipe from my friend, Heather Christo’s cookbook, Heather Christo’s Generous Table. You’ll love her – she’s funny, glamorous, laughs loud (like me!), and just such a happy presence.

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Take a look at her book – full of recipes that she makes together with her ADORABLE girls named Coco and Pia. These wings are everything that wings deserve to be – sticky, savory, sweet.

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Sticky Asian Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon rice vinegar (substitute with red or cider vinegar)
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 stalk green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon hot chili sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, with tips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except for the chicken wings. Set aside half of the sauce mixture to use later.

Toss the chicken wings in with the marinade in the large bowl to coat. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread the chicken wings in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until the wings are cooked through.

When the wings are done, toss with the reserved sauce mixture.

 

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:37:54 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27098 If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat ...

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker Recipe

If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat at an outdoor bbq and Gaby is FUN. Loads of fun. You can’t help but be goofy around her!

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Left to right, that’s me (dork), Elise & Guy of Simply Recipes, Gaby and Catherine of Weelicious.

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 2.50.30 PMGaby’s brand new book, Absolutely Avocadoes just came out. If you’re a fan of the avocado, this is a must-get book. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

Avocado in dessert!? Yep – Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pound Cake with Avocado!

I’ve made one of her recipes from the book – Gaby’s original recipe used sushi tuna on the rice cracker, but I’ve substituted with pre-cooked salad shrimp from the market. It’s the perfect finger-food for avocado lovers, like me.

 

 

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Servings: 8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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A quick 15 minute appetizer featuring avocado! Adapted from Gaby Dalkin's Absolutely Avocados cookbook.

Feel free to use sushi-grade ahi tuna instead of the shrimp.

Ingredients:

1 stalk green onion, green part only
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste (or more)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
1/2 stalk green onions, chopped thinly
1/4 red pepper or red chili, finely minced
2 ripe avocados 1/2 lime, squeezed
24 rice crackers

Directions:

In a bowl, add a handful of ice cubes and cold water to cover. With a small or medium sharp knife, cut green onion stalks into 3" lengths. Slice the green onion lengthwise into long thin strips, as thin as possible (see video). Place green onion slivers into ice water. Set aside while you continue with rest of recipe.

In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame seeds, wasabi, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Add in the cooked shrimp, green onion and red pepper and toss to coat. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado into a separate bowl. Add in the lime juice and use a fork to mash the avocado.

Spread avocado on each cracker. Top with a spoonful of the wasabi shrimp. Garnish with green onion curls.

Want to know how to make these fun curly green onions

 

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Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs http://steamykitchen.com/27226-korean-kalbi-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27226-korean-kalbi-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:12:52 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27226   *I recently posted this recipe with the LG Oven Giveaway (hey, I’m giving away an oven!!!) and updated this recipe to include a video on how to make these yummy ribs. ~Jaden The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating ...

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Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

*I recently posted this recipe with the LG Oven Giveaway (hey, I’m giving away an oven!!!) and updated this recipe to include a video on how to make these yummy ribs. ~Jaden

The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

That’s why we love making Korean food at home, but it also means that I have to modify ingredients and cooking methods a bit. You might be more familiar with Bulgogi, a popular Korean BBQ dish that features shaved rib-eye beef slices marinated in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds. But the lesser known dish is Kalbi, or thinly sliced bone-in beef short ribs flavored in a similar marinade. Bulgogi and Kalbi are both cooked over an open flame – usually hot charcoal set in the middle of the table!

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I’ve modified the Kalbi recipe to use pork baby back ribs, since my grocery store doesn’t carry the short ribs cut like this. Regular beef short ribs that are available are too chunky and clunky to eat by hand. Baby back ribs are perfect – tender, flavorful and simple to cook.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Oh, and I’m not about to carve out the middle of my dining table to install a charcoal grill, so we’re going with a simpler technique – the oven.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

To avoid a big mess in your oven, use a roasting pan that’s at least 2″ tall and also use tin foil, which keeps the juices in with the ribs.

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 95 minutes
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Ingredients:

6-7 pounds baby back ribs
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white/cider vinegar)

Directions:

Heat oven the 375F.

(optional) Using a butter knife to pry it up, separate the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard.

Generously season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap the ribs in foil, meaty side up and seal completely. Bake for 90 minutes.

To make the Korean Kalbi sauce, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl.

After the ribs are cooked, remove from the oven and carefully open up the foil -- be careful of the hot steam! Slather 3/4 of the Korean Kalbi sauce on the tops of the ribs. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler to high.

Put the ribs back in the oven, foil still open, and broil until the sauce bubbles and carmelizes, about 3-5 minutes. Keep a watch on the ribs – it's so easy to burn them! Just before serving, pour the remaining Korean Kalbi sauce on top of the ribs.

 

 

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The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

That’s why we love making Korean food at home, but it also means that I have to modify ingredients and cooking methods a bit. You might be more familiar with Bulgogi, a popular Korean BBQ dish that features shaved rib-eye beef slices marinated in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds. But the lesser known dish is Kalbi, or thinly sliced bone-in beef short ribs flavored in a similar marinade. Bulgogi and Kalbi are both cooked over an open flame – usually hot charcoal set in the middle of the table!

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I’ve modified the Kalbi recipe to use pork baby back ribs, since my grocery store doesn’t carry the short ribs cut like this. Regular beef short ribs that are available are too chunky and clunky to eat by hand. Baby back ribs are perfect – tender, flavorful and simple to cook.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Oh, and I’m not about to carve out the middle of my dining table to install a charcoal grill, so we’re going with a simpler technique – the oven.

But firstlearn from my mistake

The first time I played with this recipe, it was a disaster. Not the recipe, but the oven was a crazy mess. I had cooked the baby back ribs on a cookie sheet, thinking it was the perfect size to fit 2 racks of ribs.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Unfortunately, I failed to remember that baby back ribs are JUICY and release a lot of FAT when cooking. Guess where that all ended up? All over the bottom of my oven where it then sizzled and burned. Burning fat in a hot oven is just not a good combo. While my family enjoyed the ribs for dinner, I spent the better part of the evening trying to scrub off all of the black, burned spots.

So, learn from my hot mess. Use a roasting pan at least 2-inches high.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 95 minutes
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Ingredients:

6-7 pounds baby back ribs
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white/cider vinegar)

Directions:

Heat oven the 375F. (optional) Using a butter knife to pry it up, separate the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard. Generously season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap the ribs in foil, meaty side up and seal completely. Bake for 90 minutes. To make the Korean Kalbi sauce, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl. After the ribs are cooked, remove from the oven and carefully open up the foil -- be careful of the hot steam! Slather 3/4 of the Korean Kalbi sauce on the tops of the ribs. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler to high. Put the ribs back in the oven, foil still open, and broil until the sauce bubbles and caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes. Keep a watch on the ribs – it's so easy to burn them! Just before serving, pour the remaining Korean Kalbi sauce on top of the ribs.

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Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing http://steamykitchen.com/24133-chicken-salad-with-sesame-miso-dressing-recipe-with-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/24133-chicken-salad-with-sesame-miso-dressing-recipe-with-video.html#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:44:09 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=24133 Recipe for Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing from Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Hachisu. with step by step video.

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Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing Recipe

I first met Nancy Hachisu in Mexico at our very first Food Blogger Camp that a few of us hosted back in 2010. What surprised me was not that she attended, but that she flew all the way from Japan to come and hang out with us. It gave me kick in the pants, “You best deliver a killer event, Jaden!” And we did, because she came back the following year.

Ever since then, I’ve been lucky to see Nancy at least once a year, sometimes twice, at food conferences. Those conferences are like reunions for us bloggers – giddy hugs, wine glasses clinking and catching up in person on all the exciting things happening.

Nancy has been working on her very first cookbook for the past couple of years. I remember in Seattle seeing her very first cookbook photos shot by a famous Japanese photographer over lunch. I’m proud to say that her book, Japanese Farm Food, has just come out.
Nancy, a native of California, traveled to Japan and fell in love with an organic farmer. They married and now run an English immersion school at their rural farmhouse. That’s the 2 sentence version of their love story, and I hate to tell you more because you really should read the wonderful story that Nancy has written in the book.

Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing Recipe

Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing Recipe

I own and have-owned over 1,000 cookbooks (I have given the majority of them away) — I’ll be absolutely honest and tell you that Nancy’s book is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. From the fabric binding, lovely photos and Nancy’s stories, it’s a treasure. Oh, and the recipes! Simple Japanese farm food featuring produce from their garden, eggs from their chickens and trips to the local market.

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Chicken Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Adapted from Nancy Hachisu's Japanese Farm Food Cookbook.

If you cannot find thin sliced chicken tenderloin, purchase skinless, boneless chicken breast. Place breast between plastic wrap and pound thin with the smooth of the meat tenderizer to thin it out to 1/2" thick.

Ingredients:

1 pound, thin sliced chicken tenderloin
2 tablespoons sake
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1 tablespoon low-sodium miso paste or 2 tablespoons Miso & Easy
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 small heads of butter lettuce, leaves torn

FOR THE SESAME-MISO DRESSING

2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon low sodium miso paste or 2 tablespoons Miso & Easy
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons rapeseed, grapeseed, rice or olive oil

Directions:

Turn oven to broil (high) and place rack 8" below heating element. Slice the chicken breast into thick strips. Combine the sake, ginger, miso and salt. Toss the chicken strips into the mixture. Place chicken on a baking pan. Broil for 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

In the meantime, add the sesame seeds to a frying pan and roast over medium-high heat while shaking the pan to avoid burning the seeds. When the seeds start to pop, remove from the heat.

Reserve 1 teaspoon of the toasted seeds and set aside.

For the dressing, slide the remaining seeds into a Japanese grinding bowl or mortar and grind roughly. Mash in the miso to form a thick paste and add the vinegar to lighten (and brighten) the miso-sesame mixture. Whisk in the oil slowly until emulsified. (Be sure to whisk again right before dressing your salad.)

Toss the lettuce with the dressing. Place the chicken on top of the lettuce and sprinkle with the reserved toasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

 

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Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame & Fresh Chile Dressing http://steamykitchen.com/21891-warm-asian-potato-salad-with-sesame-fresh-chile-dressing.html http://steamykitchen.com/21891-warm-asian-potato-salad-with-sesame-fresh-chile-dressing.html#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:27:42 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=21891 24 hours ago, I was in Seattle. 31 hours ago, I was in a car with a certain red head who likes to make farty sounds with her armpit as we were driving back to the hotel. 33 hours ago, Elise, Ree and I hosted a party for 500-ish people. After an entire day of shopping, eating 5 dozen oysters, ...

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Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame Fresh Chili Dressing Recipe

24 hours ago, I was in Seattle.

31 hours ago, I was in a car with a certain red head who likes to make farty sounds with her armpit as we were driving back to the hotel.

33 hours ago, Elise, Ree and I hosted a party for 500-ish people. After an entire day of shopping, eating 5 dozen oysters, dancing, partying, mingling and being on our feet with no rest in 3″ platform wedges (and Ree in 6″, which made her tower over all of us), my feet swelled up to the size of Fat Bastard.

Somewhere, somehow, between hours 31 and 33…..at exactly 10:45pm Saturday night, Elise and Ree’s friend, Mishy (that’s her cute nickname) convinced dragged held us hostage to visit a museum. No matter how much Ree and I protested, “DO YOU SEE THESE FEET THE SIZE OF A LOAF OF ITALIAN BREAD!??” they wouldn’t have any of our excuses. A museum!?

Specifically, the Chihuly museum at the Space Needle that just opened. Ree and I went barefoot. Breathtaking. If you live in Seattle, it’s a must see – but please go at night, preferably after a night of partying. All the glass is hand-blown. Here’s a slideshow for ya — all photos were taken with my iPhone, all unedited, no flash, no filters. Yes, it’s breathtaking, right!?

All this has absolutely nothing to do with potato salad, other than this was the last recipe that we tested before embarking on our Seattle trip to BlogHer Food conference! I wanted to create a potato salad that used roasted potatoes and not just bland boiled potatoes.

Of course, you could add other ingredients to make it more “salad-y”, so consider this recipe as a base that you can adapt to fit your tastes. Snap peas, sliced red radish would be fantastic additions.

The sesame and fresh chile dressing is crazy powerful, it adds the shock of flavor that is missing in most potato salads.

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Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame & Fresh Chile Dressing

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
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Ingredients:

4 russet potatoes (or 8 red potatoes), scrubbed
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepperFOR THE DRESSING
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, very finely minced (I like using a garlic smoosher)
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
minced fresh chile pepper (amount up to you)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Cut each potato in 8 wedges (if using red potatoes, you can either quarter or halve). Place on baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, then shake pan to move the potatoes around a bit. Roast an additional 15-20 minutes until done.

2. In a large serving bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.

3. When the potatoes are done, toss with the dressing and serve immediately.

 

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