Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baby Bok Choy With Shitake Mushrooms, Garlic, Ginger and Sesame #recipe #mystery #giveaway @AbbottMysteries

This is the last post in our Eat Your Rainbow Challenge!  We have enjoyed our veggie posts and this time we wanted to choose something a wee bit different and opted for baby bok choy because they’re just so cute and shitake mushrooms because they are so intriguingly odd looking and they’re actually grown in our community!  We think you could use ordinary button mushrooms too.  

We hated to cook the bok choy because they were a) adorable and b) obviously terrified. Oh well.

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And now back to our baby bok choy. They look so lively and full of nutrition. The taste is mild and delicious. What’s not to love?

Baby bok choy are very popular around here. I have bought at least a half-dozen packages of them intending to experiment and they have mysterious vanished into soup and omelets. (MJ says: I don’t know who the culprit is but it appears that I’m married to him.)  

This time, we managed.  There are lots of nice recipes about for sautéing this lovely veggie, but we were looking for something like the Asian marinade we make for our favorite baked salmon.  After a bit of experimentation, we toned down the amount of sesame oil to ½ tsp. It has quite a powerful flavor.

The results were a big hit. Although the recipe serves six as a side, there was just enough left for one.
MJ had to promise to make it often.  That was good news!  We  hope you will also like it. You can fiddle with the ingredients and proportions. Let us know what you think!


Baby Bok Choy With Shitake Mushrooms, Garlic, Ginger and more

2 tablespoons Canola or other vegetable oil
2 tsp prepared chopped garlic (or two cloves fresh garlic minced)
1 tbsp prepared ginger (or one tablespoon grated fresh ginger)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (regular or low salt)
1 1/2 tsp maple syrup
½ tsp sesame oil
½ cup chicken stock
6 baby bok choy with ends trimmed, chopped
8 oz shitake mushrooms, ends trimmed and sliced
S & P to taste

What to do:
In a large frying pan, heat the oil until hot but not smoking. Canola is better than olive oil for high temperature frying. Sauté the garlic and ginger for about a minute.

Add the boy choy and mushrooms and cook for about five minutes.

Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup and chicken stock in a small bowl.  Add to pan.  Bring to a boil and cook until liquid disappears.  It won’t take long!  Add S & P to taste. We found it salty enough as is.

This is a highly flavored dish and we chose to serve it with plain roast roast chicken and Arborio rice, so there wasn’t a lot of flavor competition. We loved it! It would also be very good with baked fish. 

Do come by and let us know if you have any favorite seasonings for baby bok choy.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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  1. I must live in an alternative universe. I have never eaten baby bok choy. This recipe looks delicious. I'm a little iffy about the maple syrup though. I've never been a big fan of it.

    1. Just swap it out for honey or sugar, Pat. Or leave it out. It should still be very tasty.

      MJ (hooked on maple syrup, but it's not to everyone's tasteO

  2. I've never eaten it, I'm in Wisconsin, maybe that's why. I do enjoy your books!

    1. Thanks, Donamae! So glad to hear from you. Bok choy is optional.

  3. Fabulous recipe! I LOVE baby bok choy - normally I eat it steamed, but this recipe is definitely on my list. And yes, I eat veggies daily! :)