Spicy Pork Skewers with Grilled Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

This recipe is great tasting, flavorful, and has a colorful presentation. It is very easy to prepare as well.

What you’ll need for the skewers:

Center cut pork loin – cut into 1/2″-3/4″ cubes (I asked my butcher to do this) about a half pound per person

spicy yakitori sauce

ziplock bag

wooden skewers – soaked in water for about an hour prior to use

What you’ll need for the relish:

1-2 Endive

pineapple – sliced approximately 1/2″ thick or a little thinner

1/2 sweet onion – sliced same as pineapple

1 large red or orange bell pepper – quartered

juice from 1-2 limes

cilantro – chopped, to taste

coarse salt to taste, if desired

What you’ll do:

Place the cubed pork into a ziplock bag and add enough spicy yakitori sauce to coat the pork well. We marinated the pork for two whole days. After two days take the pork and place onto the pre-soaked wooden skewers and set aside. Fire up your grill on high then go in and prep your pineapple slices, sweet onion, and bell pepper. By now the grill should be getting nice and hot. Place the pineapple, sweet onion, and bell pepper on the grill for about four minutes per side, rotating once on each side at the two minute mark (to get nice grill marks). Remove from grill and dice into small bite-sized pieces and combine in a bowl. Chop some cilantro to add to the mixture then add your lime juice to taste, as well as a pinch of salt if so desired. Stir well and set aside. Take your pork skewers and grill about four minutes per side, rotating once at two minutes. Clean your endive, chop off the ends and place the leaves on the plates. Spoon in some relish into each and serve with the pork skewers. Mmmm good and it looks good too!

Obaachan Spicy Yakitori Sauce Pork Skewers with Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

Obaachan Spicy Yakitori Sauce Pork Skewers with Pineapple-Sweet Onion Relish

Vegetable Medley

Easy side dish or main course, serve alone or over noodles or rice. About fifteen minutes of prep time and about fifteen minutes for cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 ounces of green beans, cut 1 inch long

2 carrots, sliced 1/4 inchthick

1 broccoli crown, cut into bite-size pieces

15 stalks of asparagus, cut 1 inch long

1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick

4 ounces of mushrooms, sliced

1 sweet onion, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1/2 head of cabbage, rough chopped

1/2 cup yakitori sauce

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil

toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Bring a large pot of (slightly salted) water to a boil and place first four ingredients into boiling water (green beans, carrots, broccoli, asparagus). Par boil 3 minutes and drain, do not rinse with cold water, and set aside. In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat, then add squash, mushrooms, sweet onion, and cabbage. Sauté for 5-6 minutes until slightly softened and add reserved vegetables to mixture and 1/2 cup of yakitori (original or spicy as preferred) sauce and mix to incorporate. Continue stirring over medium heat for an additional 4-5 minutes and serve. You may add toasted sesame seeds to taste. Enjoy as a side dish or serve over noodles or rice.

Obaachan Sauce Company vegetable medley

Obaachan Sauce Company vegetable medley

Spicy Tofu and Noodles with an Asian Flair

This takes about 10-15 minutes of prep up front and then everything goes pretty quick.

What’s needed:

8 ounces of fettuccine rigate noodles (or similar flat noodle)

8 ounces of sugar snap peas

1 package of firm tofu, cubed

1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

4 ounces of water chestnuts, sliced

1/2 cup of green onion, sliced thinly

1/2 cup of yakitori sauce

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon of chili garlic sauce (optional)

toasted sesame seeds

What you’ll do:

After all the prep work, start to boil a large pot of water then cook noodles as directed on package. While the water is starting to boil, in another pan, over medium-high heat, pour one tablespoon of vegetable oil and brown the tofu (7-10 minutes). When the noodles are just about done add in the snow peas to the boiling water for a minute or two, then drain, rinse, and return to the pot. Add the tofu, the halved tomatoes, sliced water chestnuts, sliced green onions, and yakitori sauce. Mix well and serve. You may sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the plated noodles as desired. Note: there are three options for the sauce, original yakitori (for no spice), spicy yakitori (for a little kick), and the spicy yakitori with the chili garlic sauce (for more heat).

Spicy Tofu and Noodles

Spicy Tofu and Noodles

Dutch Oven Short Ribs

Here is a tasty recipe that you spend about 5 minutes browning then place into the oven for 3 hours and you are ready to go!

What you need:

3-4 pounds of beef short ribs (have the butcher cut them into thirds)

2 cups beef stock

3/4 cup original yakitori sauce

orange slices (if desired)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

ziplock bag

What you need to do:

Place short ribs into ziplock bag with 3/4 cup of yakitori sauce and let sit overnight. While oven is pre-heating to 300 degrees, take short ribs and brown (on all sides) in two tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven-safe pan (such as a Le Creuset), about 5 minutes should do it. Once browned, add 2 cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired) for a citrus kick. I did this on half of the ribs, cover and place into the oven for 3 hours. At some point, you can start your rice and the your choice of vegetable so that they will be ready when the ribs come out of the oven. I left the orange slice on just for show, you should remove them prior to serving.

Brown short ribs in olive oil

Brown short ribs in olive oil

Add two cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired)

Add two cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired)

Here is how they look when done

Here is how they look when done. Well, after I already plated two of them!

Short ribs without orange slices

Short ribs without orange slices

Short ribs with orange slice

Short ribs with orange slice

Grilled Portabellas

These are a very tasty change-up from grilling a hamburger. What you will need: 4 portabella mushrooms; large sweet onion; beefsteak tomato; swiss cheese; arugula; spinach; original yakitori sauce; ciabatta rolls; olive oil or cooking spray.

Here is what we did. Take a damp paper towel and gently clean the portbellas and remove the stem but leave the fins. Place on a sheet of wax paper underside facing up and drizzle a small amount of original yakitori sauce into each mushroom cap, about one to two tablespoons and let sit for a half hour. Helpful hint: (we cleaned and used the trays they came in to hold them while they marinated in the yakitori sauce, it also made it convenient to carry them to the grill).

use the trays for marinating and to carry them to the grill

use the trays for marinating and to carry them to the grill

Fire up your grill on medium heat and oil or spray to prevent sticking. Place the portabellas smooth side down for 5-7 minutes (we did 7 min.). After 7 minutes flip and lightly baste the tops with some more yakitori sauce. At this time we also placed our sweet onions, cut about a quarter inch thick, onto the grill. After 3-4 minutes we flipped the onions and with a minute left we placed the swiss cheese on each mushroom cap. Remove from grill and place each on a sliced ciabatta roll. Top with tomato, spinach and arugula. You definitely need a heavier roll to stand up to the juiciness of the portabellas. Enjoy!

Portabellas with Obaachan Sauce Company's original yakitori sauce

Portabellas with Obaachan Sauce Company’s original yakitori sauce

Marinated Flank Steak and Peppers

Here is another easy, and tasty, dinner idea.

What you’ll need:

1.5 pounds of flank steak

1 each, red, yellow, and green bell peppers

1 large onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

spicy and or original yakitori sauce

steamed rice optional

Marinate a flank steak (one and a half pounds) overnight in the original yakitori sauce. Heat your grill on medium-high heat, spray with non-stick spray or wipe grates with some olive oil. Place the marinated flank steak on the grill for 4-6 minutes per side. While that is grilling, slice in half one each, green, red, and yellow bell pepper, remove seeds, and quarter each half lengthwise and cut each strip into thirds or quarters. Take one onion and cut into half inch thick slices then quarter. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and place all vegetables in skillet to soften. Remove flank steak from grill and slice into strips, add to skillet then pour either spicy or original yakitori sauce over meat and veggies to coat. Remove from heat after 3-4 minutes and serve. Note: if your skillet isn’t large enough, divide ingredients into half for an easier time incorporating the sauce to caramelize. We even skipped making the rice! Enjoy!

Spicy yakitori flank steak and bell peppers

Spicy yakitori flank steak and bell peppers

Crock Pot Beef

Here’s one you can put in the crock pot and check on in 8-10 hours. All you need is two pounds of beef stew meat (or chuck roast, if you prefer it a little moister). Place the cubed stew meat into the crock pot, add a half cup original yakitori sauce, and one quarter cup white cooking wine, turn crock pot on at low setting, that’s it!

We served it with brown rice and sautéd vegetables. We used two bunches of broccolini; one bunch of green onions, cut into 3 inch slices; two carrots, sliced diagonally; one red bell pepper, sliced. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil, all the vegetables, and stir occasionally for 5 minutes, then add one quarter cup of spicy yakitori sauce and stir for two to three minutes to caramelize.

CrockPotBeef

Stuffed Pork Chops

We started with two generously cut bone-in pork chops. Around 1.75 to 2 inches thick. Have your butcher cut a large pocket in each for stuffing. What you will need besides the two pork chops.

1 cup panko bread crumbs

8 ounces of mushrooms, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce

2 tablespoons of butter

Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat, add mushrooms and onions, stir occasionally, sauté for around 10 minutes. Also start preheating oven to 350 degrees. Let mushrooms and onions cool while measuring the panko bread crumbs into a medium bowl, reserve half of the mushrooms and onions for later and add other half to bread crumbs and stir. After mixing, add 1/4 cup of spicy yakitori sauce to bread crumb mixture and stir well. Stuff what will fit into each pork chop without packing too tightly. Spray a large glass baking dish with cooking spray (and I drizzled a little olive oil as well) and place stuffed pork chops into dish, cover with heavy duty aluminum foil and place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove foil, place remaining mushrooms and onions on top of pork chops equally and drizzle some spicy yakitori sauce on top. Return to oven for an additional 25 minutes (150 degree internal temp.) then remove and cover with foil to rest for 5 more minutes. Serve with favorite veggies, rice, or potatoes and salad. Unless you are a big eater these two pork chops will feed four people.

Spicy yakitori, mushroom, and onion stuffed pork chops.

Spicy yakitori, mushroom, and onion stuffed pork chops.

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

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