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sataynew2There's satay, and then there's Thai chicken satay! If you've never had the real stuff, then you'll fall in love with the succulent taste of this satay recipe, which has been passed down through my husband's family (from Thailand) for many generations. Strips of chicken (or beef) are marinated in a special Thai paste, then skewered and grilled on the BBQ or broiled in the oven. It is then served with homemade peanut sauce for the ultimate taste sensation. Even your kids will love it. Chicken Satay also makes a great party food!

Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: SERVES 2-4 as a Main Entree

 

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips (For a vegetarian version, see my: Thai Vegetarian Satay)
  • 1 package wooden skewers
  • SATAY MARINADE:
  • 1/4 cup minced lemongrass , fresh or frozen
  • 2 shallots OR 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 fresh red chilies, sliced, OR 1/2 tsp. to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh turmeric OR 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric2 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 3 Tbsp. dark soy sauce (available at Asian food stores)
  • 4 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 5-6 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oilDipping Sauce: see Easy Satay Peanut Sauce


Preparation:

For an easy step-by-step version of this recipe, see my: How to Make Thai Chicken Satay.

  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while you prepare the meat (to prevent burning). The kitchen sink works well for this.
  • Cut chicken into thin strips and place in a bowl.
  • Place all marinade ingredients in a food processor or chopper. Process well.
  • Taste-test the marinade - you will taste sweet, spicy, and salty. The strongest tastes should be SWEET and SALTY in order for the finished satay to taste its best. Add more sugar or more fish sauce (in place of salt) to adjust the taste. You can also add more chili if you want it spicier.
  • Pour the marinade over the meat and stir well to combine. Allow at least 1 hour for marinating, or longer (up to 24 hours).
  • When ready to cook, thread meat onto the skewers. Tip: Fill up to 3/4 of the skewer, leaving the lower half empty so that the person grilling has a "handle" to easily turn the satay during cooking.
  • Grill the satay on your BBQ, OR on an indoor grill, basting the first time you time it with a little of the leftover marinade from the bottom of the bowl. OR you can broil in the oven on a broiling pan or baking sheet with the oven set to "broil" Place satay close beneath the heating element and turn the meat every 5 minutes until cooked (be sure to soak your wooden satay sticks in water before skewering). Depending on how thin your meat is, the satay should cook in 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve with Thai jasmine rice and my Easy Satay Peanut Sauce for dipping. ENJOY!

 

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ThaipeanutsauceWhile most Western versions of peanut sauce are made with peanut butter, this authentic Thai peanut sauce recipe starts with real peanuts - and you'll taste the difference! At the same time, it's super easy and quick to make. This peanut sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, from a dip for veggies to a sauce for chicken or beef satay. Or use it to make a yummy cold noodle salad or as a marinade for grilled chicken or tofu. A very easy and versatile peanut sauce recipe.

 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: SERVES 4-6 as a Dip

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh-tasting dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, to taste
  • 2 to 2.5 Tbsp. fish sauce - for vegetarians: substitute 2.5 to 3 Tbsp. regular soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste OR 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, OR 1 tsp. Thai chili sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

 

Preparation:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
  • Do a taste test, adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you'd prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with my Thai Chicken Satay, as a dip with fresh veggies, with fresh spring rolls, or other Asian finger foods. Or combine with noodles to create a Thai-style noodle dish or cold noodle salad. Enjoy!

 

Note: This sauce tends to thicken as it sits - just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator (keep up to 2 weeks; freeze thereafter).

 

Thank you articles from : http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaisnacks/r/thaipeanutsauce.htm

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springrollsblognew edited-11This spring roll recipe can be made vegetarian with tofu, or with baby shrimp if you prefer. Brimming with vegetables and lots of flavor, these spring rolls make a great appetizer or party food. And they're surprisingly easy to make. Get some help from your children or guests with the rolling, and you'll be crunching on these delicious spring rolls in no time. As a bonus, this spring roll recipe is also fresher and healthier than the spring rolls you'll find in most restaurants. ENJOY!

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Approx. 1 dozen spring rolls

 

Ingredients :

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, grated

- 2 green onions, sliced into matchstick pieces

- 1 red chili, minced, OR 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (omit if you prefer very mild spring rolls)

- 1/2 cup shredded or finely chopped cabbage

- 4-6 shiitake mushrooms, cut into matchstick pieces

- 1/2 cup medium to firm tofu, sliced into matchstick pieces (If non-vegetarian: add 1/2 cup cooked baby shrimp) approx. 2 cups bean sprouts

- 1/2 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped

- 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

- 2 Tbsp. oil, plus more for deep-frying

- 1 pkg. spring roll wrappers (thawed if frozen)

- STIR-FRY SAUCE:

- 2 Tbsp. regular soy sauce

- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce OR vegetarian stir-fry sauce (I like Lee Kum Kee brand)

- 2 Tbsp. lime juice

- 1/4 tsp. sugar

TO SERVE:

Thai sweet chili sauce (available in most supermarkets, Asian section)

 

Preparation :

1. Place 2 Tbsp. oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium to high heat. Add garlic, galangal (or ginger), green onion, and chili. Stir-fry until fragrant (about 1 minute). Stir-frying Tip: Add a little water to the wok/pan when it gets too dry instead of more oil.

2. Add cabbage, mushrooms, and tofu (or shrimp). As you stir-fry, add the sauce. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes, until vegetables have softened.

3. Remove from heat and add bean sprouts, tossing to mix in.

4. Do a taste test for salt, adding 1 Tbsp. more fish or soy sauce if not salty enough.

5. To assemble rolls, place a spring roll wrapper on a clean working surface. Place one heaping Tbsp. of the filling on the wrapper (if using large wrappers, you will need more).

Tips: Spread the filling lengthwise along the spring roll wrapper nearer the end closest to you. Also, try not to include too much of the liquid left in the bottom of your wok/pan (a slotted spoon works well for this - drier filling is better.

6. Now sprinkle some of the fresh coriander and basil over the filling.

7. Fold the left and right sides of wrapper over filling, then lift up the wide end nearest you and tuck overtop. Roll to the other end. Secure the roll by dipping your fingers in some water and wetting the end, "pasting" it shut.

8. To fry spring rolls, place some oil (about 1 inch deep) in a wok or deep-sided frying pan over medium-high heat. When bubbles rise, or when the oil begins to form snake-like lines across the bottom of the pan, the oil may be hot enough. To test it, dip one corner of a spring roll into the oil. If it beginsto sizzle and cook, the oil is ready. If not, wait another 30 seconds to one minute and try again.

9. Using tongs, place spring rolls in oil, allowing them to fry about 1 minute on each side. Spring rolls are done when they turn light to medium golden-brown (see photo). Place on paper towels (or a clean dish towel) to drain while you finish frying the rest.

10. Serve spring rolls while still hot with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, or your own dipping sauce (see recipe above). ENJOY!

 

TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIPPING SAUCE: Mix 1/3 cup plum sauce with 3 Tbsp. soy sauce. Add fresh cut red chili or dried crushed chili as desired.

Thank you article from http://thaifood.about.com/od/vegetarianthairecipes/r/springrolls.htm

 

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