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Archive for August, 2009

25

Aug

2009

Ground Turkey Lettuce Bowl

This is a delicious and healthy appetizer but in our home we like to serve it as a complete meal!

1 large iceberg lettuce
4 tablespoons hoisin sauce (keep in a small bowl)
1 package ground turkey (1-1/4 pounds)
4 shiitake dried black mushrooms (soak in warm water for 10 minutes or longer until soft)
1 can sliced water chestnuts (5 oz.) drained
½ red bell pepper
2 scallions, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 teaspoons pure sesame oil

Sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:
Wash, trim and cut the head of lettuce crosswise in half. Carefully remove 8 large leaves as hollow bowls. The remaining lettuce half can be saved for future use. Drain the water from mushrooms. Cut stems off if any and finely chop. Finely chop the water chestnuts and red bell pepper. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop. In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, brown onions for a few seconds. Add ground turkey, cook and stir until the meat separates for about 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms, water chestnuts, red bell peppers and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir fry for 2 more minutes until the ground turkey is cooked through. Stir the sauce again then pour into the turkey mixture. Stir fry for 30 seconds longer. Serve warm.

To Serve:
Spoon 1-1/2 teaspoons of Hoisin sauce onto the center of each individual lettuce bowl. Then spoon about a half cup of the turkey mixture onto the bowl. Eat the filled lettuce leaf with your fingers.

Makes 8 servings
Preparation time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes


17

Aug

2009

Stir-Fry Shrimp and Scallops

A delightful dish for shellfish lovers.

½ pound medium size raw shrimp (31 to 40 per pound)
½ pound large scallops (1.5 inches in diameter)
1 medium size green bell pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)

Sauce:
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons rice wine or cooking sherry wine
1 teaspoon white vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation:
Peel and devein the shrimp. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rinse scallops with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut each scallop in half.  Wash, discard stem and seeds from green pepper and cut into 1-inch squares. Peel and finely grate the fresh ginger root.

In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together thoroughly and set aside. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix together. Place the shrimp and scallops in the flour and salt mixture. Lightly toss and coat the shrimp and scallops with the flour and salt.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and scallops to wok. Stir-fry until both sides of the shrimp are pink and the scallops are almost cooked through, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add green peppers to wok. Cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture to wok and mix well. Stir-fry for 30 seconds longer. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 to 6 minutes


17

Aug

2009

Pork With Garlic Sauce

Cooking with garlic is always very popular in chinese cooking. This particular garlic sauce can also be prepared with chicken.


1 pound boneless lean pork (prefer pork loin)
2 large size fresh celery stalks (about 6 oz.)
1 can sliced water chestnuts (5 oz.) drained
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)

Marinade:
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar

Sauce:
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
1 teaspoon red hot chili oil
½ teaspoon salt

Preparation:
Slice pork against the grain into ¼ inch thin pieces and then cut into 1-½ inch long strips. In a bowl, combine the pork strips with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside.

Wash and trim the celery stalks. Cut the celery stalks crosswise into 2 inch long chunks and then lengthwise cut into thin strips.
Cut the sliced water chestnuts into thin strips. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add marinated pork strips. Stir-fry until the pork strips are almost cooked through for approximately 3 minutes. Add celery and water chestnuts strips. Stir-fry for 1 minute and then add the sauce mixture. Stir-fry for another minute until the celery is tender yet still crunchy. Serve hot.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes


6

Aug

2009

Stir-Fry Eggs with Tomatoes

Chinese family style meals often include meats, seafood, eggs and vegetables. Stir-Fry Eggs with Tomatoes are a regular home cooked dish. When growing up in China, they were served for dinner once a week. These days, it’s a simple dish when your “scrambling” for dinner with only a few groceries on hand. Serve with steamed or boiled rice.


6 large eggs
6 Roman tomatoes (prefer the roman tomatoes, has less pulps)
2 scallions, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt

Preparation:
In a small bowl, beat the eggs lightly and set aside. Wash and slice the tomatoes lengthwise in half. Cut each half of the tomato crosswise twice into ½ inch chunks. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the onions for a few seconds. Add the beaten eggs. Cook and stir until the eggs are almost firm for approximately 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir-fry for about one minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and salt. Stir-fry for another minute and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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