Thursday, January 14, 2010

Daring Cooks: Satay

I actually have made some satay before on this blog, almost two years ago... time flies. It was chicken satay. When I saw satay for the challenge of this month's Daring Cooks, I actually was excited, even though I had made it before. It was a great excuse to make satay again. Really it is so delicious. I went with pork for this satay since I had done chicken before. I used pork loin.

This is one of those dishes that is really hard to photograph, especially during the winter months. I like natural lighting so really I have to wait until the next to do my shots. The reason why it is so difficult is because it just disappears. I literally had to act like a pit bull for the last piece of meat so I would have something to shoot in the morning. How funny is that?

The January 2010 DC challenge was hosted by Cuppy of Cuppylicious and she chose a delicious Thai-inspired recipe for Pork Satay from the book 1000 Recipes by Martha Day.

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

Satay Marinade

1/2 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 T ginger root, chopped (optional) (2 cm cubed)
2 T lemon juice (1 oz or 30 mls)
1 T soy sauce (0.5 oz or 15 mls)
1 tsp ground coriander (5 mls)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mls)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric (2-2.5 mls)
2 T vegetable oil (or peanut or olive oil) (30 mls)
1 pound of pork (loin or shoulder cuts) (16 oz or 450g)

Feeling the need to make it more Thai? Try adding a dragon chili, an extra tablespoon of ginger root, and 1 tablespoon (0.5 oz or 15 mls) of fish sauce. (I keep some premature (still green) dragon chili peppers in the freezer for just such an occasion.)

1. Cheater alert: If you have a food processor or blender, dump in everything except the pork and blend until smooth. Lacking a food processor, I prefer to chop my onions, garlic and ginger really fine then mix it all together in a medium to large bowl.
2. Cut pork into 1 inch strips.
3. Cover pork with marinade. You can place the pork into a bowl, cover/seal and chill, or place the whole lot of it into a ziplock bag, seal and chill.

Chill Chart

Pork Beef/Lamb Chicken Vegetables Tofu (no oil)
4-8 hrs
Up to 24 hrs
6-8 hrs
Up to 24 hrs
1-4 hours
Up to 12 hrs
20 min – 2 hrs
Up to 4 hrs
20 min – 4 hrs
Up to 12 hrs
* If you’re grilling or broiling, you could definitely brush once with extra marinade when you flip the skewers.

Peanut Sauce
based on this recipe from Tyler Florence

1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons red curry paste
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup hot water

Combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, red chili paste, brown sugar, and lime juice in a food processor or blender. Puree to combine. While the motor is running, slowly pour the hot water to thin out the sauce. Thin to desired consistency.


LittleRed said...

Well it looks delicious as always...and who wouldn't love satay??? I'm glad your pit bull skills were up to the task so we could see your wonderful results.YUM:)

Mary said...

This looks wonderful. You've done an outstanding job with this challenge. Kudos.

Ingrid said...

I totall kiddos do not like to wait at all! I've been wanting to try making satay but keep forgetting. Pork sounds yummy!

Btw, I haven't forgotten! Honestly....see I told you I was a loser blogging buddy. :(

grace said...

cool chill chart (no pun intended)(insert groan here) and tasty satay. the sauce, though. the sauce is what grips me. :)

Barbara Bakes said...

I can relate to being a pit bull to get a good photo! You satay looks delicious! I should have given the pork a try.

Elra said...

Your sate look absolutely delicious Lori! It making me hungry.

Anonymous said...

I like satay! My father also has this nice recipe of it. It is kind of same as yours, too. I bet this one is delicious!
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Audax said...

Yes meat anything is hard to photograph as all food editors know. Lovely looking satya and pork sounds so delicious I tried 4 other types in my challenge. Wonderful posting as always. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Katy ~ said...

I'm like one of our cats, chasing the sun from spot to spot, grins.

Your satay looks delicious! You did an excellent job with the challenge.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh this looks just delicious, Lori. I have to get on the bandwagon and try it, and you even made it twice.:) Enough kick for me to do it!

kat said...

This is really making me thing I need to make satay next week

The Blonde Duck said...

I like that chart!

Lori said...

I can not take credit for that chart. That is the girl that gave us the challenge.

Megan said...

I've never made Satay but I know I like it when I go to our Thursday night Market in the summer. Maybe it's time I try it!

Lynn said...

Oh yum. I do love peanut sauce. This looks delicious.