Monday, November 5, 2012

Spicy Gingered Asian Slaw

Recipe from Theresa Drerup-Ofer and Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen
Serves 4-6

Several years ago, Jim and I visited our good friends, Theresa and Kurt, at their beautiful upstate New York home.  Theresa made this delicious slaw for our dinner one evening.  We was so taken with it, I asked her for the recipe.  There is a lot of chopping involved, but you won't be sorry.  This salad is FABULOUS and totally worth the effort.  Serve it for a special dinner with friends. It's especially tasty along side salmon.  The dressing and salad can be prepped in advance and chilled separately. Dress the salad about 10 minutes before serving.  All of the ingredients can be purchased at Lost River Market & Deli.

¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup minced shallots
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 ½ Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
1 Tablespoon dark sesame oil
½ cup peanut oil
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

5 cups finely sliced Napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage)
1 ½ cup julienned or shredded carrots
1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
1 large yellow pepper, thinly sliced
½ cup scallions, sliced (I've made this salad with and without scallions.)
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons unsalted skinless roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted*

Blend dressing ingredients well.  About 10 minutes before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss.  Allow the salad to absorb the dressing for the 10 minutes, and then serve.

*To toast sesame seeds, place seeds in a dry skillet and put over medium heat.  Watch carefully and stir occasionally until the seeds are toasted. 
Drizzle salmon fillets with peanut oil.  Sprinkle with Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper.
Place under the broiler.  When almost done, spread some sweet chili sauce over the fillets.
Return salmon to the broiler to finish.  Serve along side the slaw.  Wonderful, wonderful!!

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