Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Italian in a Wok!

Italian in a Wok!
THREE INGREDIENTS: chicken sausages, rapini, pasta.

This is such a simple, quick, easy dinner that I'm surprised I don't make it more often! Italian in a Wok. YES, you heard right. It's perfect for a hot summer night.

I know I'm constantly trying to encourage you to use your wok to cook everything, not just an Asian stir fry but really, it works so well because of its shape and wide opening so food don't fall out.

So, here's my Italian dinner:
Just THREE INGREDIENTS: chicken sausages, rapini and pasta.
Well, you can't count garlic, ginger, chili flakes, dried tomatoes. Those are ingredients you always have, right? I prefer chicken sausage (Aidell's or similar) which are not so fatty but so tasty, no MSG or tons of preservatives.

I use my cast iron wok and portable gas stove which sits on top of my electric coil stove. This is the BEST setup and works like MAGIC!

Start with boiling pasta in pot. Drain and keep some of the juice.

In your wok, boil water with drop of oil. Add your washed rapini with pinch of salt. It doesn't take long, so give a taste and when it's just tender, it's done. Drain but keep some of the juice.

Yes, it's fine to use liquid in your wok, once you start frying with oil, your patina will build back up immediately, don't worry.

Dry your wok. Heat your wok on medium high, add little oil, add diced garlic and ginger, add chopped sausages.

Plate your pasta, add rapini with juice from rapini and pasta. Top with sausages, chopped dried tomatoes and sprinkles of chili flakes, dinner is ready!

This is such a tasty, easy, quick dish. It's what being a Wok Star is all about...enjoy.
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