Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Simply Rolling in It!

Rotoli di Manzo al Sesamo sulla Pasta di Grano Saraceno & Funghi Shtick
Sesame Beef Rolls & Shtick Mushrooms on Buckwheat Noodles

I really hate having to work late- it keeps me from cooking, photographing and writing for all of you after all! All I can say is- thank goodness that I am pretty good at making quick, easy and tasty meals!

This one was whipped up using the last bit of steak from yesterday evening, a couple of shitaake mushrooms and couple of Spring onions and a portion of buckwheat noodles... looks pretty good for so few ingredients, wouldn't you say?

I started off by sautéeing the coarsely chopped shitaake's in a little sesame oil at a high temperature- keep the oil to a minimum and the heat to the max here, as the best way to get a lot of flavor into a mushroom is to give it a bit of hell ;-). Season with salt and pepper and set to one side... we will add these to the noodles in just a while!

The noodles come individually wrapped in single portions- as you can see in the photos, which makes them very user friendly! The other thing that makes them user friendly is that fact that they cooked and ready in just 4-5 minutes! And you have gotta love that! Once they are done, add the fried mushrooms to them including any juices that may have accumulated- that's all good flavor! Add chopped parsley and chives to taste.

I marinated the beef strips in a little sesame oil, soy sauce and a pinch of brown sugar, along with some grated garlic and ginger. Considering I only had 20-30 minutes time to let the meat soak up those flavors, it wasn't half bad! But I still recommend at least 2 hours for a better result.

Heat up your griddle pan or grill and set the rolls down on their sides first, flipping them over onto their adjacent sides- I would say 2 minutes on each side at the most. Splash them with a little lemon juice, sesame oil and honey, remove them from the pan/grill and wrap them in aluminum wrap to "rest" a little before serving. And whilst that happens, you can grill a couple of Spring onions cut into 2" strips. A short cooking time at a high temperature - sounded good to me this evening! And tasted good too! Especially when served up with a last drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds! Yummy! Enjoy!

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