Sunday, July 29, 2012

Grilled Sate Beef with Peanut Sauce

This recipe is just tasty tasty tasty.  My kids love it, especially since they can control how much peanut sauce they do or don't have with it.  Serve with rice and a nice salad . . .

Sate Beef with Peanut Sauce

1-1.15 lb. flank steak
3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tablespoons coconut milk
1.5 Tablespoons soy sauce
2.25 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1.5 teaspoons sugar
1.5 teaspoons lime jice
3/5 teaspoon red curry paste (you should be able to get this at your grocery store, on the "foreign" food shelf)

  1. Start grill (or broiler, if you have air conditioning in your kitchen)
  2. Cut steak diagonally across the grain in 1/4 inch slices. 
  3. Combine steak and hoisin sauce in a bowl.  Mix to coat.  
  4. Thread steak onto skewers.
  5. Sprinkle with salt. 
  6. Mix sauce ingredients together, stirring until smooth.  Set aside.  
  7. Coat grill or broiler pan with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  8. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until they're done.  They should still be a little pink in the middle.  If they're not, they'll taste like chalk dust.  
  9. Serve meat along with sauce in small dipping bowls.  

Family Ratings: 

Will, who loves this dish but hates picking little bits of beef out of his teeth:  9.999
Lucy, who hates peanut butter but digs this dish:  10
Jamie, who eats it without the peanut sauce:  10
Ellen, who's not a big beef eater, though she does have one of those funny hats: 8
Paul, who's a big fat pig:  10

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Very Easy Grilled Korean Chicken

In terms of the ratio of things my kids love to things that are incredibly easy, this dish is the absolute winner.  It takes all of six minutes to prep, and all of my kids love it.  I use it with chicken breasts here, but it can also be used with thighs, salmon, steaks, or pork tenderloin.

Grilled Korean Chicken

1.5 lbs skinned, boneless chicken breast, cut into 2-3 inch strips
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, minced

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients except the chicken together in a small bowl.
  2. Lay out chicken on a large plate and rub each piece with mixture.  Be sure to do both sides. 
  3. Start your grill.
  4. Allow chicken to sit for half an hour, more or less. 
  5. Grill 3-4 minutes each side until juices begin to run clear and chicken is just firm to touch.

Family Ratings

Will, who tends to like grilled meat:  10
Lucy, who likes all things sugary:  10
Jamie, who'll go along with whatever his brother and sister do:  10
Ellen, who really hasn't forgiven me for going to Korea without her:  10
Paul, who's a lot like Lucy:  10