Friday, April 1, 2011

Dinner was yummy

So the Chinese sausage was surprisingly sweet, yet delish! I decided since it was my first time making it that I would simply fry it up in a pan. J I sliced the sausage and some boneless skinless chicken breast (pounded thin) into bite sized pieces and I added a little sesame oil and cooked them together until crispy.  The oils and seasoning from the sausage really flavored (and colored!) the chicken. I did deglaze the pan with a splash of wine(but any liquid would work) just before serving. Since it was a weeknight and I was exhausted I opted to not make scratch fried rice…I used Rice-a-Roni fried rice. Not bad, though not really anything much like actual fried rice.  My sons both agreed this was a “make again” meal.

Chinese Green Beans
Fresh green beans
Fresh snow peas
1-2   cloves of garlic smashed and minced
1-2 tbl sesame oil
2 tbl oyster sauce
1 tbl soy sauce
1 tea sugar

I did not give amounts for the veggies because it is truly a matter of need and taste. I used about 1 pound green beans and a few handfuls of snow peas.  I blanched the beans for just 2 minutes (to blanch just drop beans into boiling water for a few minutes then “shock” the beans by plunging into cold water) Drain well so they don’t “spit” when they hit the hot oil.
Heat a fry pan until nice and hot…add oil...when the oil is hot, then add the beans and sauté a minute or so, then add the snow peas and careful not to burn the garlic…use tongs to keep moving everything around and getting everything coated with oil.  You want the beans and peas to brown just slightly. Then add the sauces and sugar…turn and stir to coat…heat through and serve.

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