How do you enjoy your fermented veggies? I love all the possibilities contained in a jar of Brines. All that flavor and goodness can be the foundation of a hearty salad or be a stand-out compliment to another main dish. Here are a few of my favorite recipes and ideas:
Thai Basil Bok Choy Kimchi Bowl
Cook & drain your favorite noodles (I love buckwheat soba), sauté kale or chard with a little chopped onion, arrange in a bowl with Thai Basil Bok Choy Kimchi, sliced avocado, and a fried egg or two. If you like a bit more heat, top with siracha. Yum.
Green beans with Ginger Citrus Carrots
Lightly sauté 2 cups green beans and 1/2 cup sliced leeks in 3-4 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil (add a little garlic if you like), cool, then toss with 1 cup Ginger Citrus Carrots & lemon zest. Top with lightly toasted slivered almonds & sesame seeds. Delicious and so easy!
Toss 1 cup Alaska Kimchi with 2 cups shredded purple cabbage, chopped cilantro & a dash of sesame oil. Serve with grilled Alaska shrimp.
Easy. Delicious. Local.
The Devils Eggs
Pack your deviled eggs with flavor - garnish with any ‘kraut or kimchi, or….
Kimchi Egg Salad
Spice it up! Hardboiled eggs, mayo, kimchi. Delicious.
Lemon Dill ‘Kraut Grilled Cheese
Equally good with Gruyere or Havarti on a light sourdough bread. Feeling spicy? Try kimchi grilled cheese with sharp cheddar.
Cardamom Beet Salad
Toss fresh Savoy cabbage and radicchio with Cardamom Beet ‘Kraut, top with sliced dried figs, candied walnuts and pancetta. Perfect combination of bitter, sour, sweet and savory.
Thai Chili Lime Longevity Noodles
In honor of Chinese New Year try “Longevity noodles” (which the cook is careful not to break - to ensure longevity). This is my simple take on the tradition: Cook Chinese egg noodles (or your favorite Soba, or Thai rice noodle). Add sesame oil to hot pan and stir fry chopped napa cabbage and broccoli, add finely chopped Thai chilies, fresh ginger and a splash each of soy sauce and rice wine. Top with fermented Carrot Thai Chili Lime and chopped peanuts. Add chicken, shrimp or tofu for extra protein & goodness!