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Cook the Book: Asparagus with Butter and Soy

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Over the weekend I served this Asparagus with Butter and Soy from Andrea Reusing’s Cooking in the Moment as the first course of a little impromptu dinner. After a few bites everyone was dying to know what was in the sauce. Super savory and a little bit smokey, this was not the kind of plate that you’d ever imagine was made from such simple, almost pedestrian ingredients.

As is the case with nearly all of the recipes in Cooking in the Moment, the key to this magical sauce was in the recipe’s title—butter and soy. Add the creamy yolk of a gently poached egg to blanched and lightly charred young asparagus dressed in butter and soy—that’s it. Hearty and salty in the best way, the kind of plate that makes it easy to think about becoming a seasonal vegetarian because, really, who needs steak when you have perfect asparagus and runny poached eggs?

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • White vinegar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about ½ pound), tough ends snapped off
  • 2 teaspoons expeller-pressed vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Directions

  1. 1. Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add enough kosher salt so that the water is as salty as seawater. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, add a small splash of vinegar, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so the water simmers gently. One at a time, crack each egg into a small teacup with a handle and then slowly and gently slide the egg into the simmering water—the rim of the cup should actually dip into the water so that the egg doesn’t have very far to fall. Adjust the heat so the water stays at a slow simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is just set and the yolk is still runny. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a plate.
  2. 2. Heat a 9-inch sauté pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, drop the asparagus into the boiling water and cook for 25 to 30 seconds, less if the asparagus is very skinny.
  3. 3. Drain the asparagus and gently shake them dry. Add the oil to the hot pan and swirl. Immediately add the asparagus and toss constantly for about 30 seconds, until they become slightly blistered in spots. Do not lower the heat. Add the soy sauce and shake the pan to coat the asparagus; as soon as it evaporates, remove the pan from the heat, add 1 tablespoon water, and immediately follow with the butter. Continue to toss the asparagus until the butter is melted, creating a dark golden brown emulsified sauce.
  4. 4. If the sauce has broken, add up to a tablespoon of water and continue to toss until it comes back together. Divide the asparagus and the sauce between two plates, and top each with a warm poached egg. Sprinkle the eggs with a little sea salt.

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Thai-Style Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) Recipe

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Thai-style grilled chicken, coated in a marinade flavored with cilantro, white pepper, and fish sauce, is one of the tastiest things you’ll ever pull off your grill. There’s a reason you can’t walk more than a few blocks in Bangkok without catching a whiff of its intense aroma. Here’s how to make it in your own backyard.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium cloves garlic
  • 12 sprigs cilantro, including thick stalks
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) palm or light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) dark soy sauce
  • 2 (3-inch) segments lemongrass (optional)
  • 1 whole chicken, spine removed, split in half along the breastbone
  • 1 recipe Thai-Style Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine garlic, cilantro, sugar, white pepper, coriander, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and lemongrass (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Process until a rough paste is formed. Set aside.

  2. 2.

    Place chicken halves flat on a cutting board. Insert 2 metal skewers into each chicken half, running parallel through legs and breasts. Transfer chicken to a baking dish that just fits them. Rub on all surfaces with marinade. Cover, transfer to refrigerator, and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  3. 3.

    When ready to cook, light 1 chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate.

  4. 4.

    Place chicken, skin side up, on cooler side of grill, with legs facing toward hotter side. Cover grill, with vents on lid open and aligned over chicken. Open bottom vents of grill. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 140°F (60°C), about 45 minutes. Carefully flip chicken and place, skin side down, on hotter side of grill, with breasts pointed toward cooler side. Cover and cook until skin is crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 145 to 150°F (63 to 66°C), about 3 minutes longer. (Be careful, as the skin is very prone to burning.) If chicken threatens to burn before temperature is achieved, carefully slide to cooler side of grill, cover, and continue to cook until done. Do not leave lid off for longer than it takes to check temperature, or chicken will burn.

  5. 5.

    Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Carve and serve with chili dipping sauce.

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Grilled Cornish Hens with Lemon and Rosemary Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cornish hens, about 1 pound each
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon juice and 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced on a microplane grater
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. 1.

    Pat hens dry with paper towels and place breast-side-down on a large cutting board. Using sharp kitchen shears, remove the backbone by cutting along either side of it. Turn chicken over and lay out flat. Press firmly on breast to flatten the chicken. For added stability, run a metal or wooden skewer horizontally, entering through one thigh, going through both breast halves, and exiting through the other thigh. Tuck wing tips behind back of breasts. Repeat with remaining hens.

  2. 2.

    Combine salt, pepper, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl and stir with fingers until homogenous. Rub mixture evenly over all surfaces of hens.

  3. 3.

    Light one half chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  4. 4.

    Place hens skin-side-up directly over the coals. Cover and cook until lightly charred on bottom, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip birds skin-side-down. Cover and continue to cook until golden brown, crisp, charred in spots, and center of breasts registers 145 to 150°F on an instant read thermometer, about 15 minutes longer. If birds threaten to burn before temperature is achieved, carefully slide to cooler side of grill, cover, and cook until done. Remove from grill, let rest 5 minutes, and serve.

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Dinner Tonight: Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

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For those who think fried chicken is a strictly Southern thing, it might be time to expand your horizons. Koreans have their own style of fried chicken, which is rapidly making inroads Stateside and which is absolutely delicious. Though it’s similar enough to its U.S. counterpart, it also has a hallmark cooking technique that differentiates it and gives the chicken an amazing texture: double frying.

Much like perfect french fries, double-frying ensures that the chicken is completely cooked through in the first stage and perfectly crisped in the second. Rather than let the crackling thick skin just be, as on Southern fried chicken, the Korean version allows it to absorb an intoxicating cocktail of flavors: ginger, soy, sesame oil, honey, and the one hard-to-find ingredient, gojujang, a pungent, spicy bean paste. (Look for it in an Asian grocery store; or, you can order it online here or here.)

The result is a marvelous combination of flavor and texture: juicy, crisp, sweet, and hot.

Ingredients

  • 16 chicken wings
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2-inch piece peeled ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2⁄3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

  1. 1.

    Remove the tip of each chicken wing and cut in half at the joint to create 2 pieces. In a heavy pot such as a dutch oven, pour in canola oil to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F.

  2. 2.

    In the meantime, pulse the ginger and garlic in a food processor until minced, then add the soy, gojujang, vinegar, oil, and honey. (You might start with half the gojujang and then add it to taste; different brands have varying levels of spiciness).

  3. 3.

    In a large bowl, whisk the cornstarch, flour, and water together to make a loose paste. Add the chicken wings and toss well to coat. Fry the chicken in batches for 6 minutes, until golden, then drain on paper towels and bring the oil back up to 350°F. Fry for a second time until it is crisp, 6 to 8 minutes more. Drain on paper towels, toss with the sauce, and serve.

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