Nam Prik Pao – Thai Chili Condiment

For those of you that love Thai food, there is a condiment, or sauce if you will, known as Nam Prik Pao. Nam prik in Thai commonly refers to a general term for a spicy sauce that is often used as a condiment, or dipping sauce. You can find this sauce at your local Asian market, and there are probably so many different versions, but this is my go to recipe. This Thai dipping sauce is sweet, has some heat, and has this awesome layer of funk that has you using it on so many different foods, whether with eggs, grilled meats, or sauteed vegetables. This is a real winner whether you enjoy Thai or Asian flavors. I simply cannot get enough of it.

Nam Prik Pao Recipe
Nam Prik Pao Recipe

Now I have made some really great sauces in the past, for example nam prik ong, Thai three sauce (to die for), and a couple of my favorites being jeow and nam jim jaew, but this particular one is a bit different, and one to compete with.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 cup of dried puya chilies, stems and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup dried morita chiles, stems and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup dried chile del arbol, stems and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup tamarind concentrate
  • 3 tbsp palm sugar (or light brown if you do not have palm sugar)
  • 1 whole head of garlic, skins removed
  • 4 whole shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp roasted shrimp paste
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

Start by taking the seeds out of all of the chilies. I highly recommend you wear kitchen latex gloves during this process. Trust me, and thank me later. Once the seeds and stems have been removed, add them to a large skillet over medium heat, simply to lightly toast them and bring out their essential oils. Be careful not to burn the chilies, so keep stirring them for a few minutes, then place onto a plate for later use.

To the same skillet, add the oil, and toss in the garlic cloves. Cook the garlic, again not to burn it but just until they turn a golden brown. Remove the garlic with a kitchen spider, or slotted spoon, and place them on the same plate as the chilies.

To the same oil, add in the shallots, and cook until they begin to get golden as well. Once golden, remove with a slotted spoon and place these, along with the garlic and chilies to a food processor.  Turn off the heat, but keep the oil in the skillet for future use.

Thai Nam Prik Pao Ingredients
Thai Nam Prik Pao Ingredients

Pulse these in the food processor until you have a nice paste. Scrape down the sides if necessary during this process.

Once you have a paste, add the skillet back on medium heat with the oil, and add the chili paste, shrimp paste, tamarind, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Gently stir, turning down the heat to low, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring throughout that time. Remove from the heat, and spoon into a sealable jar or container and let it cool before placing in the refrigerator.

This nam prik pao is super yummy. Granted when no one is looking I take a small spoonful and eat it, but you can use this condiment to spread on toast, dip pork rinds into, use with soups or stews, or just serve with anything. It’s an awesome condiment, and one that will not only having you get your arsenal of Thai ingredients in line, but one you will love. Hope you enjoy!

Rhubarb Jam

Rhubarb has been in abundance at our local farmer’s market these last few weeks. We purchased a plant last year and are waiting to harvest the rhubarb, most likely next year, so I decided to buy some from our favorite farmers. When growing up, we had a small rhubarb patch in the backyard, and I recall eating it raw for the most part. It was sour and extremely tart, and as a kid that was right up my alley. However later as I began to experiment with rhubarb, I knew that cooking this vegetable down with sugar was the route to take. So with this recent batch, I decided to make a simple rhubarb jam, and I am glad that I did. We’ve been using this jam on toast for breakfast, as well as drizzles over cheese and crackers. It has that perfect balance of sweet with subtle tartness that has you wanting more.

Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe
Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Ball’s canning jars, boiled in water for 5 minutes
  • 4 large ribs of rhubarb, cleaned, and diced
  • 3 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • pinch of salt

Start by adding the rhubarb, sugar, water, and lemon zest to a large stock pot. Let that mixture rest in the pot, off of the heat, for about an hour to let things meld. Heat the pot over medium heat, and stir, cooking for about 20 minutes, letting it come to a small boil. Continue to stir.

Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe
Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe

Continue to cook until your jam begins to thicken. Make sure you stir the rhubarb frequently to prevent the sugars from burning on the bottom.

Once thickened, I use a stick blender and blend this all together to pulse and blend the softened chunks of rhubarb. This also thickens the jam into a perfect consistency.

Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe
Simple Rhubarb Jam Recipe

Once blended, carefully pour into the sterilized jars, let cool, then seal and place into the refrigerator to chill. Once this has fully chilled, do as you please. We’ve been using the rhubarb jam on toast, peanut butter sandwiches, and drizzled over soft cheese. It’s good. REALLY, REALLY GOOD.

Buttermilk Fried Spring Onions

Every time I visit my local Mexican grocery store, I tend to shop around after devouring some tacos. I get the staples which typically include limes, cilantro, garlic, chilies, avocados, and tortillas. I my often look at the other great produce and always look at the great large spring onions. These are not your typical green onions that you find in most markets. These are the ones where the bulb is about 5 times larger than a standard green onion. They are known as spring onions, and as they look much like a scallion, they have just a bit more of a bite. This is when I decided to pick up a bunch and head home.

At first I was going to lube them up with some olive oil and salt, and toss them on the grill, but I figured my recent Mexican alambre had enough going on in terms of peppers, onions, and chilies, so I held off only to soak them in buttermilk and batter them the following day. These things were awesome, and now I know that I will be buying more of these spring onions!

Buttermilk Fried Spring Onions Recipe
Buttermilk Fried Spring Onions Recipe

Let’s get started:

  • 1 bunch of spring onions, tips and tails trimmed
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooking oil

Start by adding the spring onions to a sealable bag. Pour in the buttermilk, seal, and let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  Next, add the gochujang and mayonnaise to a small bowl, and use a fork to blend the two together. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready for use.

The following day, add the flour, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl. Give a good stir. Take the spring onions, draining them from the buttermilk, and add them to the bowl.

Give a good toss to make sure the onions are well coated, then heat up a skillet on medium heat, adding in the oil.

How to make buttermilk fried spring onions
How to make buttermilk fried spring onions

Once the oil comes to temperature, about 350 degrees, gently add in a few spring onions. Cook for a couple of minutes per side (if not fully submerged), until the batter is golden brown. Once golden, remove with some tongs and place on a paper lined plate to remove any excess oil. Season with a pinch of salt. Repeat.

To your serving plate, take the gochujang and mayonnaise mixture, and with a spoon smear it onto the center of the serving plate.

Line up the fried spring onions on top of the sauce, and serve.

My wife, who was hesitant of the mayonnaise mixture, was swiping that spring onion, and biting into the perfectly cooked onion. The onion was nice and crispy on the exterior, while warm and cooked through (not limp) on the inside, and well, the gochujang and mayonnaise mixture just took it one step further.

The only downside to this recipe is that I did not make about 4 bunches of spring onions. Now I know! Hope you enjoy!

Buttermilk Fried Spring Onions
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, tips and tails trimmed
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooking oil
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the spring onions to a sealable bag. Pour in the buttermilk, seal, and let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Next, add the gochujang and mayonnaise to a small bowl, and use a fork to blend the two together. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  2. The following day, add the flour, salt and pepper to a mixing bowl. Give a good stir. Take the spring onions, draining them from the buttermilk, and add them to the bowl.
  3. Give a good toss to make sure the onions are well coated, then heat up a skillet on medium heat, adding in the oil.
  4. Once the oil comes to temperature, about 350 degrees, gently add in a few spring onions. Cook for a couple of minutes per side (if not fully submerged), until the batter is golden brown. Once golden, remove with some tongs and place on a paper lined plate to remove any excess oil. Season with a pinch of salt. Repeat.
  5. To your serving plate, take the gochujang and mayonnaise mixture, and with a spoon smear it onto the center of the serving plate.
  6. Line up the fried spring onions on top of the sauce, and serve.

 

Awesome Burger Sauce Recipe

I’m a sucker when it comes to sauces, or burgers for that matter. Especially now that we are starting to see temperatures in the 60’s in Wisconsin. That temperature always has me thinking about grilling out for dinner, getting out from in front of the stove, or slow cooker for that matter. There is something about grilling that I really love. The preparation, the hot coals, the smokey smell, you know what I’m talking about right?

Well, I think that with any good burger, it deserves a really good sauce, and this sauce in particular is one of them. It’s vibrant in color, packs a ton of awesome flavor, and will have you wanting to slather it on pretty much anything. Yeah, it’s one of those sauces.

Awesome Burger Sauce Recipe
Awesome Burger Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 5  whole cloves of garlic
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mango, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste

To a food processor, toss everything in, and pulse until you have a really smooth sauce. Yep, that’s it. This is a flavor bomb. It’s a bit sweet, spicy, and has you wanting more and more.

Lather this stuff onto any burger (as you can tell by my burger, I was very generous), dip your fries into it, or use it on anything from eggs, to salads, to sandwiches. This one is a real winner. Hope you enjoy, and get those grills ready!

Awesome Burger Sauce Recipe
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 5 whole cloves of garlic
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup of mango, cubed
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • ½ tsp salt, more to taste
Instructions
  1. Add to a blender, and mix until smooth.