Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:13:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad with Crispy Wontons and Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette http://steamykitchen.com/17479-heirloom-tomato-and-avocado-salad-with-crispy-wontons-and-spicy-cilantro-vinaigrette.html http://steamykitchen.com/17479-heirloom-tomato-and-avocado-salad-with-crispy-wontons-and-spicy-cilantro-vinaigrette.html#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2011 18:35:21 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=17479 I’m currently in a room with 3,500 other women (mostly) bloggers – at the BlogHer conference in San Diego. You can imagine all the tweeting, facebooking, blogging and hugging that’s going on here. If you’re internet access speed at home is a little slow, blame it on the swarm of bloggers here in San Diego sucking all of the internet ...

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I’m currently in a room with 3,500 other women (mostly) bloggers – at the BlogHer conference in San Diego. You can imagine all the tweeting, facebooking, blogging and hugging that’s going on here. If you’re internet access speed at home is a little slow, blame it on the swarm of bloggers here in San Diego sucking all of the internet power 😉

So while I’m here at BlogHer, I have a lovely, lovely friend Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of Food and Style blog as my guest. I discovered Viviane’s blog a couple of years ago and had the pleasure to meet her in person in NYC during my book tour. I hope you enjoy her recipe! ~Jaden 

 

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When I met Jaden at her book signing in New York City in 2009, it was love at first sight. While her bubbly personality shines through every word and every photograph on this blog, in person Jaden is truly like sunshine. So when it came to creating a recipe for this guest post, I wanted something as fun and colorful as she is.

This is how this salad came to be. It’s snappy-fresh, vibrant, super-flavorful, and has an Asian flair to boot. My hope is that it will look as beautiful as Jaden… and taste as scrumptious as her recipes.

 

When I think of colorful vegetables, heirloom tomatoes (though technically a fruit!) come instantly to mind. There are few things as delicious — or as stunning — as a vine-ripened heirloom tomato. Fortunately, heirlooms have become the jewel in the crown at farmers’ markets and gourmet stores all around the country, so they’re much easier to find today than ever. (Of course, if you happen to have a sunny spot in your backyard, these stunning fruits will be more than happy to grow there all summer long.)

In today’s salad, heirloom tomatoes and ripe avocados are served on a bed of baby arugula. The whole salad is drizzled with a spunky cilantro vinaigrette that’s almost like a cilantro pesto (the pine nuts give the dressing a lovely creaminess). Then the salad is garnished with crispy wonton strips that have been lightly sautéed in olive oil until they’re crunchy and golden-brown. Every bite is a delight, offering a marvelous array of flavors and textures.

For a casual meal, serve this salad in generous bowls and let everyone dig right in.

For a more elegant presentation, serve the salad on rectangular or square plates. Arrange a mound of the baby arugula in the center of each plate, in log-like fashion. Top with thin slices of avocado (see photograph), drizzle with a bit of the dressing and garnish with the heirloom tomato pieces and the crispy wontons. It makes an attractive salad course for a dinner party.

The summer season is in full swing and so is summer eating… May you enjoy every morsel!

Crispy Wontons Step-by-Step

Step 1: Cut the wontons in 1/4 inch strips

Step 2: Heat a large frying pan at medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and wonton strips.

Step 3: Toss well, then sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until they become golden-brown, continuing to toss occasionally.

Step 4: This is how the wontons look when they are done.

Step 5: Transfer wontons to a paper towel and sprinkle with the salt.

Arugula in morning light

 

I picked this baby arugula from my garden minutes before I photographed the salad. A small 4′ x 2′ raised  bed has been giving us a constant supply of baby arugula for the last two months now. I cut the leaves at the base of the stems and within a week the plants have grown new leaves.  Eating from the garden is a pure joy — and knowing that Jaden is going to adore her new “urban farm,” I can hardly wait to see what she grows — and cooks — with her bounty!

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Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad with Crispy Wontons and Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette

Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
Salad in bowl white grd L-2

Ingredients:

For the wontons:
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 square wonton noodles
sea salt to tasteFor the vinaigrette:
1 ounce cilantro leaves (1 cup, tightly packed)
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 garlic clove – skinned
2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or organic sugar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenneFor the salad:
2 ripe avocados – cut in 1” pieces
1 1/4 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes – cut in 1” pieces
5 ounces baby arugula – rinsed and spun dry
freshly ground white pepper

Directions:

1) Cut the wontons in 1/4” strips. Heat a large frying pan at medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and wonton strips. Toss well, then sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until they become golden-brown, continuing to toss occasionally. Transfer wontons to a paper towel and sprinkle with the salt.

2) To make the vinaigrette – Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 1 minute, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Transfer to a small bowl.

3) Divide the arugula into 4 salad bowls. Top with the avocado and tomato pieces. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Garnish with the crispy wontons. Sprinkle with the pepper and serve immediately.

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Finalist at Whole Foods Recipe Challenge! http://steamykitchen.com/1494-whole-foods.html http://steamykitchen.com/1494-whole-foods.html#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:37:08 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1494 My Wonton Noodle Soup is a finalist at the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge! Can you believe it? Need your help, please. There are 6 finalists and the winner is decided by votes! And because I’m up against blog-friends, Karina, Rachel and Katy. They are all really pretty, super-talented and I love them dearly. But. I’m going to play dirty….real ...

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Wonton Noodle Soup

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My Wonton Noodle Soup is a finalist at the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge! Can you believe it?

Need your help, please. There are 6 finalists and the winner is decided by votes! And because I’m up against blog-friends, Karina, Rachel and Katy. They are all really pretty, super-talented and I love them dearly.

But.

I’m going to play dirty….real dirty.

I’m gonna throw out all I’ve got, baby.

The Bribe Card:

By voting (which is done by commenting) you get a chance to win $500 from Whole Foods.

The Cute Kid Card:

Here. Let me pimp out my kids again:
Andrew and Nathan helped me make the wontons.

Kids Making Wontons

Awwww…aren’t they cute? NOW GO VOTE FOR ME!

The Save You Money Card:

Wonton Noodle Soup only costs $2.98 per serving. Like, way cheaper than a Double Cheeseburger Meal Deal.

The Second Bribe Card:

Ok, so that first bribe really wasn’t from me. You are entered into the $500 drawing no matter who you vote for and the money comes from Whole Foods!  hehehe.

So, here’s the bribe. If I win (and I can only win IF YOU VOTE FOR ME!) I get TEN $25 Whole Foods gift certificates. I will give NINE of them away to random voters on Whole Food’s site.

Oh, what happened to the TENTH gift certificate? I’ve already promised the boys $25 worth of jelly beans if they told their teachers to vote for me.

The I’ll Do Your Ironing Card:

Um. No.

It’s a Close Race! (it really is!):

But please, purty pullleeeeeze come vote for the Wonton Noodle Soup recipe? You’ll have to register to vote and voting is simply done by commenting on the recipe at Whole Food’s site. You’ll automatically be entered to win the $500 Whole Food Prize plus my NINE $25 gift certificates.

Wonton Noodle Soup

(photo from Whole Foods when they tested my recipe)

Dude. What the hell are you still doing here? GO VOTE FOR ME ALREADY!

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Wonton Noodle Soup http://steamykitchen.com/1194-wonton-noodle-soup.html http://steamykitchen.com/1194-wonton-noodle-soup.html#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2008 14:00:45 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1194 Watch me make Chinese Wonton Noodle Soup in a video and I'll give you the secrets to folding, freezing and cooking wonton noodle soup...

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Wonton Noodle Soup

It’s Chinese Wonton Noodle Soup time! A great dish to make for the Beijing 2008 Olympics! This is recipe 5 in the series (see links at the end for the other recipes)

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Wrapping Wontons Videos

I’ve got two for you – I was on CBS on Tuesday – this was a BLAST! A 4 minute cooking segment cooking wonton noodle soup…but in not in a kitchen…here’s the video:
(link is right above photo when you get to CBS site)

And my regular segment on ABC7 Chinese Wonton Noodle Soup  just click on the “featured video” right below the recipe name. And yes, I flubbed saying the number eight in Mandarin! It’s “baa” not “baat” (which is how I say it in Cantonese).

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Wonton Noodle Soup Recipe

I love making wonton noodle soup with my kids! Gather your guests in the kitchen and have them help you fold the wonton. The key to making wonton is to not overfill the dumpling and to make sure that the wonton is sealed tight.

Wonton Wrapper

The wrappers come frozen – just defrost in refrigerator overnight or on the counter for 40 minutes. Do not soak in water or defrost in microwave. Once the package is opened, it’s important to always keep them covered under a damp towel, as the edges will dry out, making it very difficult to work with.

Freezing Wonton

If you’d like to freeze wonton (great idea for super easy quick meal) – lay the wrapped wonton in a single layer. Freeze and when frozen, gather them up and place them in a freezer bag. If you don’t freeze them in single layer, you’ll end up with a big, massive clump of wonton and you’ll have trouble prying them apart.

To cook frozen wonton, the instructions are exactly the same. Put them in the boiling broth FROZEN. Do not defrost. Cooking time will be longer BUT – that’s the beauty of my cooking method.

Boiling Wonton

Put away your timer! Let me explain. I’m sure you’re used to watching the clock when boiling pasta. Instead of watching the clock, I’m having you do this Chinese style. Boil your pot of soup. Add dumplings. When it comes to a boil, add 1 cup of room temp broth. When that comes to a boil, add another cup. When boiling again, it’s done. So if you’re adding FROZEN wonton, 10 wonton or 50…the water will come to a boil as it’s ready – thus it’s sort of self-timing.

Adding broth a little at a time like this prevents your delicate dumplings from breaking and bursting in rapid, hard boiling water. So how many wonton to cook at a time? Well – that depends on how big your pot is, how much soup you have.

For the Wonton Noodle Soup recipe below, I’d cook them in 3 separate batches – so that you don’t crowd the wonton.

Wonton Noodle Soup Recipe

Serves 4

1/2 pound ground pork
2 stalks scallion, finely minced
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 pound wonton wrappers, at room temperature, covered with a damp towel
1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1/4 cup cool water (cornstarch slurry)
2 quarts chicken broth
8 ounces dried wonton noodles (or thin, egg noodles)
1/2 pound bok choy, leaves separated and washed well
1 teaspoon sesame oil
chili garlic sauce (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the pork, scallion, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sugar and sesame oil. Mix well. Put a scant teaspoon of filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper, brush cornstarch slurry on all edges. Fold over to form a triangle, press to secure edges, encasing the filling. Brush cornstarch slurry on one tip of the triangle. Bring two corners together and press to secure (though my kids often just leave them as triangles.) Place on clean, dry plate in one layer and cover loosely with plastic wrap to prevent drying. Repeat with remaining.

In a large stockpot, add all but 2 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. The 2 cups of reserved broth should be room temperature or just slightly chilled. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the wontons. Bring pot back to a gentle boil. When it reaches a boil, add 1 cup of the reserved broth. Bring back to a boil and again, add the remaining 1 cup of reserved broth.

Keep the heat on the pot on (you still need to cook the noodles and bok choy) while using a spider or sieve to scoop up the wontons and distribute amongst the bowls. Cook the noodles in the pot according to the package instructions. Add the bok choy to the pot during last minute of cooking noodles and let simmer, until cooked through. Ladle broth, noodles and bok choy to bowls. Drizzle just a few drops of sesame oil in each bowl.

Serve with chili garlic sauce if desired.

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Other great recipes!

Ground Beef with Beijing Sauce Over Noodles

Stir Fried Shrimp, Eggs and Peas + Stir Fry Secrets

Pan Fried Shrimp and Pork Potstickers

Xiao Long Bao – Steamed Shanghai Soup Dumplings

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