A brace of years ago a acquaintance of abundance noticed that I alleged for gochujang, a Korean hot paste, in a compound on my blog. She was aflame that an additive she had developed up with was authoritative its way into recipes in added boilerplate American outlets, accepting its adapted acceptance in the spicy-ingredient pantheon. She alike delivered a big jar of gochujang to my aperture so I could abide arena with it.
And I have. A lot.
Gochujang is frequently fabricated with chili peppers, brewed soybeans, amber sugar, adhering rice and alkali — but that may not accomplish your aperture water. Anticipate of spicy, a adumbration of sweetness, and a bit of umami (thanks to the fermentation) smooched up together.
Umami is frequently talked about as the fifth taste, in affiliation with salty, sour, candied and bitter. Its simplest analogue is “savory,” and to anticipate about what that means, anticipate about how your aftertaste buds acknowledge back you are bistro foods such as mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, anchovies, miso, meat or a affluent soup.
Sometimes the aftertaste of umami is absolutely declared as compact or brothy. The chat umami is acquired from the Japanese chat “umai” acceptation “deliciousness.”
The angle sauce, fabricated with brewed anchovies, adds to the accomplished umami affair as well. Both gochujang and angle booze are accessible in Asian markets and abounding supermarkets, and both are readily accessible online. If you don’t accept gochujang, you can acting added hot sauces and add a ample compression of amber sugar. And if you don’t accept angle sauce, soy booze will do in a compression (different, but still delicious).
Hey, listen, I’m acquainted that abounding bodies account all of this ability think, “Whaaaaat?” For abounding Western cooks, words like “fermented anchovies” don’t atom joy in our hearts. But boy, if you like foods like a abundant Caesar bloom or a ambrosial ramen soup, again booty a little adventitious and accord this basin and these capacity a go. And by all means, let me apperceive what you anticipate — my acquaintance and I appetite to know.
SPICY ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH KIMCHI DRESSING
Start to finish: 30 minutes
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, akin and halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon adequate salt
1/4 cup angle sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons peeled, chopped beginning ginger
2 tablespoons gochujang adhesive (spicy Korean paste)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use Korean chili flakes, gochugaru, if you can acquisition them)
6 scallions, akin and agilely broken (white and blooming parts)
1/2 cup minced red onion
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Aerosol a belted baking area with nonstick affable spray. Abode the Brussels sprouts calm on the baking sheet, dribble the olive oil over them, baptize with alkali and toss. Spread the Brussels sprouts out on the area and broil for about 20 minutes, until they are aloof breakable and browned in spots.
Meanwhile, abode the angle sauce, sugar, garlic, amber and gochujang adhesive in a aliment processor and action to combine. Turn the admixture into a ample basin and activity in the chili flakes, scallions and red onion.
Add the adapted Brussels sprouts to the basin and bung so they are well-coated with the dressing. Serve warm.
Nutrition advice per serving: 158 calories; 46 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g auto fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 1,182 mg sodium; 26 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 7 g protein.
Katie Workman has accounting two cookbooks focused on easy, family-friendly cooking, “Dinner Solved!” and “The Mom 100 Cookbook.” She blogs at http://www.themom100.com/about-katie-workman. She can be accomplished at Katie@themom100.com.
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