Grilled Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Drums from Katie's Cucina

Are you ready for some football??? I am, well kind of. I’m a little more into the food this year than I am the football since my team didn’t make it to the big game. But that’s ok. I’ll watch the game and hope for a really good game (not a boring blow-out for those who actually watch football). For some reason, I only make wings for football games. My husband loves chicken wings and drums. The other week I asked him to come with me to the produce and meat market. I hadn’t visited since before I got pregnant. It’s a little bit of a drive and well it has a very “meat market’ like smell. That smell doesn’t typically bode well with pregnancy. So I had him tag along since I really wanted to stock up on some meat and not rack up my grocery bill (which I’ve done for months now).
Grilled Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Drums from Katie's Cucina

The first thing he went to while in the meat market was chicken wings… so naturally I agreed that I would make him wings. When I asked Jon what type of wings he wanted he said I could choose since he knew I would want to blog about it (smart and nice husband, right)!?!?

Asian Wings with STOK Grills

The weather was beautiful out the day I made the wings, so I knew I wanted to throw them on the grill, and once I figured that out it was time for me to work on the sauce. Just a side note, we got our STOK grill last fall. Our old grill was passed down to us when we moved in together 7 years ago. Needless to say, it had seen better days. When the folks at STOK sent us the grill we were more than “stoked”, this grill is amazing. Smaller than our former grill (I was a little concerned), but after cooking on it for the first time I knew I didn’t need to be concerned. We have more than enough room, 4 burners and best of all it cooks evenly! The grill also has the  coolest inserts ever. We both fight over who gets to grill now.

I decided on a sweet and spicy Asian sticky sauce. I figured he might enjoy the sweet and spicy and wouldn’t need anything to dip them in like bleu cheese or ranch dressing. He loved the wings and devoured the dozen I made for him in less than 10 minutes. At that point, I realized, I really need to make chicken drums and wings for him more often.

Grilled Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Drums from Katie's Cucina

So whether your watching the big game for games-sake or just watching it to have an extra excuse to eat football food give my recipe for Grilled Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Drums a try!

Katie Original Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Wings

Sweet and Spicy Asian Sticky Wings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoison sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 dozen mini chicken drums

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine sou sauce, hoison sauce, oyster sauce, ground ginger, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper. Place half the sauce in a zip-top baggy, reserve the rest of the sauce for after the wings are cooked. Add chicken drums to the baggy. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill, add chicken drums to the grill. Grill for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Make sure internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Remove drums from the grill and toss with the remaining sauce from the bowl. Serve immediately.
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise your hand if you love Chinese food? I DO! Since I can remember (the ripe age of 4) I remember bellying up to plates full of Chinese food! I was obsessed with the cuisine and most mornings when my mom would ask me what I wanted for breakfast my response was Chinese food! Which is not like your typical 4 year old. Not much has changed since I was first introduced–you can definitely still find me eating Chinese food for breakfast! When my husband, Jon, asks where to eat out you’ll frequently hear me reply P.F. Changs! They have a new Fall Seasonal Menu that will rock your Chinese food eating socks out! 

First, let’s start with a Apple Cinnamon Martini. 

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Since I can’t drink right now I’m hoping a reader will go and try it for me. I’m a lover of martini’s and this sounds dynamite! It has “Absolut Orient Apple Vodka and Tuaca Liqueur shaken with apple juice, fresh lemon juice and a hint of cinnamon.” Mmm… 


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 Asian Beef Skewers from KatiesCucina.com #grilling #FlavorsOfSummer

I’m a big fan of skewers on the grill. Or kabobs if you prefer to call them that. They are (in my mind) perfect for entertaining. You can put together a head of time and then throw them on the grill once your guest arrive. I’ve found that when I entertain with skewers my guest think its something fancy–I guess skewers could be fancy? I’ve made these Asian Beef Skewers a few times now both for my husband and I and while entertaining. Each time, I’ve found that we have none left. Back in January, we had our good friends over for dinner. We typically go out to eat with them every other week. But this time I suggested everyone come over for dinner and I would cook. I made my Baked Vegetarian Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Buttermilk Sauce to start with. While everyone was eating I prepped all the veggies and meat. Then I put all of our friends to work. We had a “skewer” party. Some made it a race and others were oh-so gentle with every piece of vegetable and meat. I’m one of them that made it a race–I wanted to get on with the “par-tay”. I made these Asian Beef Skewers, a grilled chicken skewer and my shrimp boil kabobs. We had so many skewers on the grill that we had to cook in two batches. Mind you we probably had 40 skewers for like 6 people. I recognize I tend to go a bit over board when making skewers, because I want to ensure that everyone has enough food.


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Click Here for: Shrimp and Veggie Lo Mein Recipe from KatiesCucina.com #Recipe #Chinese #HomeTakeOut

Do you love home takeout? I do! I love takeout in general, but sometimes we don’t want to spend the money on eating out so I turn to my home-takeout method. About two months ago I stumbled across a recipe for Shrimp and Veggie Lo Mein. Ironically, although I’m not a big fan of lo mein at the local takeout joints I am head over heals for this Shrimp and Veggie Lo Mein I make at home. So much so that I have made this over a handful of times over the past two months!

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I would like to thank my mom for my love of Chinese food. Growing up I would beg for Chinese food for breakfast; back then I would eat chicken and broccoli with white rice. If my mom would have allowed it I would have consumed it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then repeated the same meals over and over again until my little heart was content. Chinese food brings me comfort and I think that might be why I find myself yearning for it when I’m sick. Of course I love homemade chicken noodle soup, but the next best thing in my book is wonton soup and vegetable fried rice. I also love to make my Asian chicken and rice soup, too when I’m sick or on a cold winters day. But since winter has long escaped from sunny Florida I’ll take this Shrimp and Veggie Lo Mein. It’s comforting, light, and best of all you can add as many vegetables and proteins to this simplistic Asian dish.

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Adapted from Rachael Ray, April 2013

Shrimp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. Thin Spaghetti
  • 2 cups, shredded cabbage (1 bag)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 lb. shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  • 1/3 lb. snowpeas, trimmed and Julianne sliced
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Add the cabbage, bell pepper, mushrooms, snow peas and carrot; cook for 30 seconds. Drain the noodles and vegetables thoroughly and set to the side.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium for 1 minute. Then, add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Then add the soy sauce, sherry and sesame oil; bring the mixture to a bubble for a few seconds. Add the raw shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the noodles and vegetables; toss well. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are fully cooked and the peppers are tender but still slightly crunchy, about 3 minutes.
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Asian Chicken Rice Soup by http://KatiesCucina.com #soup #recipe #asian #comfortFood

Are you ready to start eating healthier?  This soup is light, full of flavors, and simply comfort food in my own opinion. I made this one evening after work. I had chicken defrosted in the refrigerator, some leftover rice, tons of vegetables (as always) and like so many other American’s I was stumped on what to make. It was chilly for a Florida evening, so I decided to go with comfort food.

A meal to warm the soul.

After I dreamed up this soup in a matter of seconds I decided I would make an Asian style soup. For the past few months I’ve been growing fresh ginger root on my back patio and have been dieing to harvest some of the beloved spicy root. I harvested about an inch of ginger root from the pot out back, cleaned it, peeled it, and it was ready to flavor my soup in a way I was hoping for.

Asian Chicken Rice Soup by http://KatiesCucina.com #soup #recipe #asian #comfortFood

Although the soup took little over an hour to cook:  for the most part you “set it and forget it”. The chicken and ginger root has to boil for a good 45 minutes. Or, should I say, “poach”.  This gives you plenty of time to tidy up the house, read emails, or if you have kids–entertain the kids. Then once the chicken breast are fork tender you remove it, shred it, add all your vegetables into the soup pot, place the chicken back in and let it all marry together for a little while longer.

Another trick to this soup… use leftover rice. I just so happened to have some white rice already cooked sitting in my fridge, so that is what I used; however, if you have brown rice or no rice at all that’s ok. You can always cook up a batch or add noodles or whatever else you have on hand. I hate when people have to go out of their way to find ingredients to make a dish. Don’t be afraid to improvise!

Asian Chicken Rice Soup by http://KatiesCucina.com #soup #recipe #asian #comfortFood

The night I made this Asian Chicken Rice Soup I paired it with my favorite asian-style salad and some chicken steamed dumplings (that I bought in a ginormous size bag from Costco).

Original Recipe by Katie’s Cucina

Asian Chicken Rice Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (whole piece)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 32oz box of chicken broth
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup baby corn, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced + more for garnish
  • 2 cups leftover white rice
  • *top with sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Place one pound of chicken breast in a large pot, cover with 8 cups of water, and add 1 tbsp of fresh whole ginger root. Bring to a boil and cook for 45 minutes.
  2. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and shred. You will also want to remove the piece of ginger root and carefully mince it. Add both the chicken and ginger root back to the pot along with 3 cloves of minced garlic, one 32oz box of chicken broth, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1 cup of shredded carrots, baby corn, bamboo shoots, sesame oil, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Cook for 10 minutes on medium.
  3. Lastly, add the fresh spinach and green onions: cook for 5 minutes longer.
  4. Spoon leftover rice (about 1/3 cup) into bowls then carefully ladle chicken soup over the rice. Top with sesame seeds and additional thinly sliced green onions if desired.

Notes

*By not adding the starch into the soup while cooking it allows for more broth therefore stretching the amount of food you have. This is how I typically like to make my soups so that the starch doesn't break down.

Katie Original Recipe. Copyright Katie's Cucina 2013.

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I cook london broil at least once a month. At times this might be our only serving of red meat each month. Our local grocery store typically has a BOGO deal once a month on London Broil making it very affordable, and if marinated and cooked correctly this can be delicious cut of meat. This Asian-style marinade is perfect for entertaining or an everyday meal. Best of all you make the marinade before hand and let the steak start soaking up all the wonderful flavors.

When I make this marinade I typically make a few batches of marinade and in each bag of marinade I place a london broil, label the freezer bag and then freeze it. London broils that sit in a bag of marinade are perfect for freezing and then defrosting at a later date and cooking for dinner. Just think–while the steak defrost its also marinating at the same time. It’s another two-for-one deal.

This recipe was original published on January 23, 2010. Although I’m not 100% pleased with my photos on this go-around I am much

Adapted from Super Supper Cookbook


Asian London Broil

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-16M

Total Time: 20-26M

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lb London broil
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Place freezer zip lock baggy inside a container so you can add all the contents of the marinade in it. Add soy sauce, minced onion, brown sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, and red pepper. Seal the bag and knead all the ingredients together.
  2. Carefully open the bag and place the steak inside. Make sure their is no excess air in the bag then seal. (You can make multiple packages of meat and freeze them at this point) or you can let it marinade for a minimum of one hour prior to cooking. *If cooking a previously frozen steak make sure your steak is completely thawed out--I suggest pulling it out the night before you want to eat it and placing it in the refrigerator.
  3. Pre-heat grill to a medium-high heat and clean.
  4. Remove steak from bag, and reserve marinade. Grill for 10-16 minutes so that the steak is medium-rare to medium (depending on how you like your meat). You never want to london broil to be well done... it will be very chewy and not very enjoyable!
  5. In a sauce pot, place remaining marinade in the pot and cook on medium until the marinade has reduced to half.
  6. Let the steak sit for at least 5 minutes. When you cut the steak, make sure you slice it against the grain into very thin slices. After the steak is cut drizzle the reduced marinade on top.

Notes

This recipe is great to work into leftover meals... you can make Asian steak and noodle wraps for lunch by using cooked spaghetti and Asian salad dressing with julianne carrots, cucumber, and bell pepper! You can also have steak and eggs for breakfast, or a steak salad, or a steak and rice bowl. The sky is the limit on what you can do with these leftovers!

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I was reading my digital version of Everyday Food when this recipe caught my eye. It was featured as a recipe for one, but I knew with doing a little math I could easily adapt it to make more than just one serving. The night I made this I happened to invite my neighbor over for an impromptu dinner. I was hoping that this was going to be a winning recipe. I hit it spot on. This recipe is awesome, healthy, and full of flavor. Best of all it super simple to make and only requires a few ingredients! I made the mistake of putting the snow peas and onions in at the same time as the shrimp *as suggested in the magazine. My snow-peas and onions were mush by the time my shrimp were opaque. For crisp vegetables put them in the skillet during the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of cooking! The pepper is what gives a big kick to this meal. If you don’t want it as spicy don’t add the full amount of black pepper.

Adapted from: Everyday Food, Jan/Feb 2012

Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp with Snow Peas
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 6 scallions (white and light-green parts only), trimmed and cut into 2-inch peices
  • 1 lb snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 cup basmati rice (uncooked)
Instructions
  1. Cook basmati rice according to package.
  2. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 1 tsp five-spice powder. Mix well and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet over high. Add peanut oil, minced garlic, and grated ginger, toss for 15 seconds. Add shrimp and chicken broth; toss for 2-3 minutes until opaque. Add snow peas and scallions, and toss until shrimp are pink and snow peas are still crisp. Serve immediately over white rice.
Notes
*To add more to this meal serve with a ginger salad and a spring roll!

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I love shrimp taco’s. They are some-what out of the ordinary and are always special! After I made my Peanut Asian Coleslaw I needed an additional use for this flavorful coleslaw. That’s when I decided to make shrimp tacos. I went the untraditional route, and they turned out fabulous. Not only was this meal packed full of flavor, but it was easy on the wallet! 



Source: Katie Original
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes minutes
Servings: 2


Ingredients: 
1/2 cup of Peanut Asian Coleslaw
4 corn tortillas
1/4 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 thin slices of cream cheese
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ginger, freshly grated
dash of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste


Directions:
1. In a bowl add sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix well then add the shrimp. Coat the shrimp well with this sauce. 


2. Place a frying pan (or wok) on medium-high heat, and add one tablespoon of butter. Once the butter has melted add the shrimp to the pan. Saute until pink in color (about 5 minutes). Remove the shrimp from the heat. With the pan/wok turned off (but still hot) add one-by-one the corn tortillas. Cook for 15 seconds, flipping the corn tortilla and cooking for an additional 15 seconds. This will help you fold the tortilla with out it ripping and give it additional flavor! Repeat until all the shells have been cooked. 


3. To assemble tacos: Place one thin strip of cream cheese in the center of the corn tortilla. Then place the coleslaw mixture followed by the shrimp. 


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What do you do with a leftover bag of shredded cabbage (that was used for stir-fry)? Make coleslaw, of course! I’ve been in a peanut kick lately and wanted to make a peanut Asian slaw. After looking at countless recipes I couldn’t find just one recipe that I adored… so I made my own!  I based my recipe on the ingredients I had on hand. Making sure not to spend any additional money on groceries! This is a light vinegar based coleslaw perfect for picnics on a hot summer day full of crunch and flavor! 



Source: Katie Original
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6-8


Ingredients:
1 bag shredded cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrots
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 red bell pepper, julianne sliced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt


Directions: 
1. In a small bowl mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until well combined. 


2. In a large bowl place shredded cabbage, carrots, scallions, cilantro, red bell peppers, and honey roasted peanuts. Pour the dressing mixture over the coleslaw and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving. 


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As many of you know, I have a deep love for the Everyday Food magazine on the iPad app. I can’t get enough of this interactive magazine! When I saw this unique vegetarian dish I knew I wanted to make it. What I didn’t realize was that I would make it on a whim only because I had no idea what to make and because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand. 

I was afraid that this would not be filling enough for my husband and in fact to be honest I wasn’t sure if this would even be good. Can I just tell you how amazing this was. The flavors were bold, and the veggies were filling. My husband LOVED it and was asking for a second serving of it! I will definitely be adding this into my vegetarian meal rotation. 

Source: Everyday Food, January 2011
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


Ingredients:
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
3/4 lbs broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
3/4 lbs cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
red-peper flakes
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup oyster sauce


Directions: 
1. Cook rice according to package instructions (I like to cook mine in a rice cooker). Meanwhile, in a wok or large skillet, heat oil over high. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 10 seconds. Add broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, and pinch of red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes. 
2. Add broth and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add oyster sauce and cook, stirring to combine, 1 minute. Spoon over rice and serve immediately.


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