Crock Pot Mongolian Beef

Here is a great recipe idea that is easy and quick! Ten to fifteen minutes of prep, everything in the crock pot, and a great meal 4-5 hours later.

Here is what you’ll need:

1 1/2 pounds of flank steak (cut into thin strips across the grain)

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup original yakitori sauce

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup carrots, julienned (about 3 medium-large carrots)

green onion, sliced for garnish

Here’s what you’ll do:

First I took the meat and yakitori sauce out of the fridge to come down to room temperature while I prepped everything else. In the crock pot, place the two tablespoons of olive oil, 1 cup of yakitori sauce, 3/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of brown sugar and whisk until combined. Next wash and peel the carrots. To julienne them, I cut off the tips and ends, cut them into thirds, sliced lengthwise into thirds (or quarters) depending on how thick the carrot was, and then sliced them into nice little matchsticks. Three carrots gave me a cup. Take the flank steak and cut into thin strips across the grain of the meat. I found it easier to cut the flank steak in half lengthwise and then into strips. Place the flank steak into a ziplock bag and add the cornstarch, seal the bag, and shake until all the cornstarch is on the meat. There shouldn’t be any floating around the ziplock bag. Now you can add the meat and carrots to the mixture in the crock pot and give it a good stir to coat everything. As everyone has a different crock pot, and method they prefer, cooking time may vary a little bit. I placed it on high for two hours then set it to low for another three and everything was nice and tender. I know that 2-3 hours on high will work, as well as 4-6 hours on low. All that’s left is to steam some rice and slice some green onions for garnish, if you’d like. After smelling this cook all afternoon, I was so excited to have some I forgot to photo the end result with green onions! Will serve 4-6. Enjoy!

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef with Obaachan Sauce Company Original Yakitori

Chinese Noodle Salad

Here is a recipe I modified from one my wife likes a lot. Credit goes to Cooking Light Magazine June 2012 issue.

What you’ll need:

12 ounces uncooked, dried linguine or other flat noodle

8 ounce package of stringless sugar snap peas

2 teaspoons of peanut oil

1 package of firm tofu, drained and cubed

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup drained, sliced water chestnuts

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce

5 tablespoons of original yakitori sauce

toasted sesame seeds to taste

What you’ll do:

Cook noodles according to package directions. Add snap peas for the last minute of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.

While the water is boiling, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add peanut oil to pan, swirl to coat. Add cubed tofu and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.

Combine noodle-snap pea mixture, tofu, tomatoes, water chestnuts, and green onions in a large bowl (or the pot you boiled the noodles in). Combine the yakitori sauce, chili garlic sauce, and the seasoned rice vinegar in a small bowl and whisk. Pour over noodle mixture and toss gently to combine. Serve and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds to taste.

They also had a great cucumber salad to accompany this dish. It is one my mother has made for decades. Combine 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and pour over two cups of thinly sliced English cucumber and toss gently. Chill before serving.

Obaachan Sauce Yakitori Chinese Noodle Salad

Obaachan Sauce Yakitori Chinese Noodle Salad

Hawaiian Style Meatloaf

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. Secondly, sorry for such a long period of no recipes. I was under the weather for almost three months. All better now.

Here is a easy and very tasty recipe to start the new year! Put all the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl, mix them together, and bake. It’s that simple.

Here is what you’ll need for the meatloaf:

1 pound very lean ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 cup original yakitori sauce

1 cup onion, finely chopped

2 eggs

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup of milk

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Here is what you’ll need for topping the meatloaf:

fresh pineapple slices, if available, otherwise canned will work

2-3 stalks green onion, chopped

more yakitori sauce

Here is what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well by hand. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Make a loaf shape in the cooking dish, leaving room along the sides lengthwise (see photo).

Shape mixture into a loaf

Shape mixture into a loaf

Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and place pineapple slices on top of meatloaf and drizzle yakitori sauce over meatloaf and pineapple to cover, as desired, then return to oven for 15 minutes. Remove, top with green onion, and serve with steamed rice and vegetable. As they say in Hawaii, “Ono-liscious” very tasty, enjoy!

Finished meatloaf

Finished meatloaf

Ahi Poke

Sam T., at Whole Foods in Huntington Beach, inspired this creation! We were hanging out after a demo and he was making poke for their case and I mentioned our spicy yakitori sauce might work well so he tried it and it was fantastic and very easy! So I made it at home and here is what we did: in a medium sized mixing bowl; take 8 ounces fresh ahi, sliced into bit sized cubes; add 4 ounces of spicy yakitori sauce; 2 stalks green onion, sliced thin; and mix well by hand to incorporate all the ingredients. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. When ready to serve you can individually plate or serve in a nice dip-sized bowl. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds to taste and additional green onion if so desired. That’s it, quick, simple, and very tasty!

Plated ahi poke with spicy Obaachan Sauce Company yakitori sauce

Plated ahi poke with spicy Obaachan Sauce Company yakitori sauce

Easy Appetizer Meatballs

These are great if you are having a party! Easy, simple, and quick.

What you’ll need:

1 pound of 85% ground hamburger

1/2 cup spicy or original yakitori sauce

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

cooking oil

other optional items:

red pepper flakes to taste

2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients (except cookng oil) in medium-size mixing bowl and hand mix to incorporate the ingredients well. If you’d like them spicier, add red pepper flakes and green onion. Take a pinch of the mixture and roll into approximately quarter sized balls. I made mine into half dollar sized balls which my family said was a little too large for party snacking. At the half dollar-size I made 20 meatballs, so at the smaller size you should have between 30-35. Lay them out on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Take a medium-size skillet and add enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat on medium to medium-high heat. Place about 10 meatballs in at a time and gently turn so that all sides get browned, about 5-6 minutes of cooking time, remove from heat to cool and repeat until all are cooked. Dab with a paper towel to remove excess oil. Enjoy!

Here are the meatballs ready to be fried

Here are the meatballs ready to be fried

Great for a party!

Great for a party!

A Twist on Our Lettuce Wraps

This recipe was submitted by Monet W. of Chino Hills. For those of you who like minimal prep, and a quick meal, this one hits the spot!

Here’s what you need:

1 head of butter lettuce

1-1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey

8 ounces of Bella mushrooms, finely diced

8 ounce can of sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely diced

3-4 stalks of green onions, sliced

1/4 cup of pine nuts

1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

1/4 cup of original yakitori sauce

additional (we used spicy) yakitori for drizzling

Here’s what you do:

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown turkey and reserve. Next, heat olive oil and sauté mushrooms for 2-3 minutes, then add water chestnuts, turkey, and 1/4 cup yakitori sauce. Mix well for 2-3 minutes then add green onions, stir for a minute, add pine nuts and stir all for 1-2 minutes. Remove and serve over butter lettuce. Monet suggested drizzling some spicy yakitori sauce on top of mixture before eating (which we did, and it was good) for an added kick.

Obaachan Sauce Company yakitori sauce

Chicken Yaki-soba

Here’s a great, quick recipe. I used chicken but you may substitute beef, pork, or tofu. Just adjust cooking times appropriately.

What you will need:

2 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, sliced thinly

1 package Maruchan yaki-soba noodles (we use all three packs) do not use the seasoning packet

8-12 ounces of bean sprouts

2 large carrots, sliced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

1/2 large white onion, sliced and quartered

1 bunch of green onions, sliced and separated into whites and greens

1/4 cup of spicy or original yakitori sauce (for chicken)

1/8 cup of spicy or original yakitori sauce (for noodles)

sesame oil

In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil over medium-high heat, add white ends of green onions and stir for about one minute. Add the white onion, carrots, and celery, stirring occasionally until onions start to become translucent, then add the bean sprouts for about one minute and reserve in a bowl. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, add another 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil and chicken, stirring frequently until done, approximately 10-12 minutes, then add 1/4 cup of yakitori sauce (we used the spicy on the chicken) and stir until caramelized, around 3 minutes. Reserve to a bowl. Finally, in the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add 3/4 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and all three packs of the yaki-soba noodles. IMPORTANT, do not add the seasoning packets. Stir until noodles are separated and heated, around 3 minutes. Add 1/8 cup of yakitori sauce (we used the original for this step) and mix in, add veggies and chicken, mix to incorporate for 2-3 minutes to heat all. Serve and top with remaining sliced green onions. Serves 4.

ChickenYaki-Soba

Effortless Spicy Crock Pot Chicken

Here is an easy recipe with very little fuss or prep. All you will need is a crock pot, spicy yakitori sauce, white cooking wine, and 2 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast. To start, mix 1/4 cup of white cooking wine with 1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce and pour into crock pot. Clean your chicken breasts and place into crock pot. Set crock pot to low setting for four hours. At the two hour mark turn your chicken breasts over to let top side soak into the liquid. After four hours, remove and shred chicken (as fine or course as you desire) with two forks and return to crock pot. Add an additional 1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce and mix well, let sit in crock pot on warm setting for 15-20 minutes to absorb the juices. Serve with steamed rice. Garnish with green onions (and sesame seeds if desired).

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