Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Snow peas in Garlic Ginger Sesame sauce

Snow peas in Garlic Ginger Sesame sauce

I love going to the Asian stores, and picking up an item that I have no idea what to do with it.  That holds true from my last visit to Vegas, and my favorite Asian store.  I picked up a pound of snow peas, and had no plans for them.  Sure, I could just put on salads and snack on them, but this time I wanted to do more.
I looked around my kitchen today, and decided it was the day to write my recipe.
When I finished, I was first happy that it worked out the very first time.  Then I was thrilled, because the taste was simply amazing.  In fact, as I write this, I still am licking my lips from the amazing flavor.  I am glad I made some rice to go along with this, because it soaked up all the extra sauce.
I hope you find this recipe as good as I do.  You could add things to this, like tofu, or other veggies. 

Ingredients (in order of use)

For the sauce

1.5c mushroom or veggie broth
2 tsp. soy sauce (you can use low sodium, or Braggs)
2 T. maple syrup (you can use liquid sweetener of choice)
2 T. rice vinegar
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
4 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 inch nob of ginger

2 tsp. tapioca starch (you can use corn starch)

For the stir fry

1/2 large onion, sliced
1 large shallot, diced small
1 orange bell pepper, sliced into strips 
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into stips
1 large carrot, shredded 
1 lb. fresh snow peas, ends trimmed
2 large green onions, sliced small (this is a garnish for after cooking)

You will also need a large saute pan with lid and a good blender.

Place a large saute pan on your stove, medium heat.  While it is heating up, make your sauce.  Place all the sauce ingredients above into a blender.

Blend for 1 minute at high speed, then pour into a bowl and set aside.

Now, your saute pan should be good and hot.  Add your onions and shallots.  Saute for 4 minutes.  Don't over stir them, allow them to cook, stirring occasionally. 

After 4 minutes, add your bell peppers and carrots.  Saute another 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes, add your snow peas on top, and spread out.  Don't mix into the other veggies, just make a thin layer on top.  

Place a lid on top, and walk away. This needs to cook for 5 minutes. (actually, turn around and look at your mess, you should probably clean that up)
After 5 minutes and a cleaner kitchen later, take the lid off.

Stir the veggies together at this point.

Once everything is mixed, you want to add the sauce.  Use a spoon and mix it a little before adding.  Once it is added, you need to stir right away.  Keep stirring for 1 minute, and remove from heat.

The sauce will thicken fast, and will coat the veggies very well.

Now, the rest is up to you.  Do you serve on rice?  Maybe some rice noodles, or Udon noodles.

However you decide to serve this, make sure to garnish with the green onions, and maybe even a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Again, I hope you enjoy this recipe, and find it part of your meals.