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As a child, I vividly remember my Mom hovering over the blender in the kitchen, as it noisily whirred away.
She’d lift the lid to reveal a most pungent smell that would fill the entire house, and cause me to fairly jump back from the counter.
It was a potent, fermented and garlicky fragrance that really jolted the nose.
And I loved it, because it was her homemade black bean sauce that she used liberally to punch up so many of her dishes.
As an adult now, I’ve made my own black bean sauce now and again. But truth be told, what I most reach for is the pre-made, handy stuff in the jar that I almost always have in the fridge.
Yes, there I said it – I use a jarred sauce. I’m not ashamed of it, either. After all, who amongst us makes all their own ketchup, mustard, oyster sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and other condiments? Do I see one hand out there? That’s what I thought.
Make no apologies for using a ready-made product, not when it’s a good one that can make your hectic life a little easier.
I reach for my store-bought jar of black bean sauce often when I’m whipping up a no-hassle, no-brainer stir-fry dish for dinner. Whether it be a mix of vegetables, pork, shrimp, beef, or chicken or noodles, a tablespoon or so of that unmistakable sharp, salty, thick, concentrated sauce really gives a dish presence.
No matter what else is on the table, a dish with black bean sauce commands attention. It’s no shrinking violet; it’s the person with a big personality who wakes up the room.
Fresh winter Brussels sprouts and hum-drum ground pork combine in this dish with black bean sauce to become something much greater than the sum of their parts. Some chopped fresh ginger and yellow onion, plus a few rehydrated dried shiitakes add even more complex flavor and texture.
Served over fluffy, steamed rice, it makes for a quick and easy meal. Even quicker, too, if you use the stuff in the jar. Go ahead, you absolutely can without a shred of guilt.
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Food Gal’s Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Pork in Black Bean Sauce Recipe
Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Pork in Black Bean Sauce recipe - Fresh Brussels sprouts, ground pork,black bean sauce, chopped fresh ginger, yellow onion, dried shiitakes.
- 8 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Canola or peanut oil, as needed
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 pounds small Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, and bulbs cut in half
- 4 tablespoons mirin, rice wine, Chinese wine or dry vermouth
- 2½ tablespoons jarred black bean sauce
- ¾ cup chicken broth mixed with 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
In a bowl of very warm water, rehydrate mushrooms for about 25 minutes until softened, then drain. Cut off and discard tough stems. Chop mushroom caps, and set aside.
In another bowl, mix ground pork with sesame oil, ground black pepper, soy sauce and garlic. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Heat a large frying pan or wok on medium-high heat with a little oil. Add pork, stirring frequently to break up the meat until cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove meat to a bowl.
Add a little more oil to your pan. Add onion and ginger, and cook on high heat for two minutes or so until onions start to soften. Add mushrooms and stir. Next, add Brussels sprouts and mirin. Stir, cooking until Brussels sprouts start to get a little soft, but are still crisp. Stir in black bean sauce.
Return cooked ground pork back to the pan. Stir until pork is incorporated with the Brussels sprouts. Slowly pour in chicken stock-cornstarch mixture. Allow to simmer and thicken for a minute or two. Turn off heat, stir in cilantro leaves, and serve with steamed rice.