I’ve shamelessly stolen this dipping recipe and then made it my own. That’s one of the best parts of cooking, we become like musicians, who are jamming together and playing off of each others notes. I’m tone-deaf when it comes to music, but cooking, well, I can really get in there and jam away.
Sorry, got carried away there. Here’s the back story, a couple of weeks ago, Kathy brought some Pork Tenderloin bites to Boat Club and the sauce she had served with it was really good. And she’s a generous sort of person, and shared the recipe, such as it was. Basically it was a marmalade zapped in the microwave, mixed in equal parts with soy sauce and served. She’d gotten the how-to’s from a restaurant awhile back and made it.
Last week at Tapas night I made a Pork Loin and sliced it very thin, and decided I would try making a dipping sauce like Kathy’s to go with it. So I went into my pantry to retrieve the Orange Marmalade I ‘knew’ I’d bought awhile back, and it wasn’t there, but a jar of Ginger Marmalade was. (I still haven’t found the Orange Marmalade, I have no idea what goes on in that pantry when I’m not looking, and I’m not responsible for it either!). I also spotted some salad dressing I’d purchased and never used, it was Ken’s Asian Sesame Dressing with Soy and Ginger. I had one of those ‘AHA, GOT IT’ minutes, and put the two of them together. And tasted it, but it wasn’t quite right. It needed something. So, I put my head back in the fridge and pulled out some Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. Added a couple of tablespoons of it to the sauce, and tasted again. Still not quite right. I headed back to the fridge again, but nothing caught my eye. So, I looked in the pantry one more time. This time the Sesame Seed oil caught my eye, well, it sat and waved at me and said “HEY”, and I listened. Added a teaspoon of it and some sesame seeds for show and VOILA!!!! It sang, and all the notes worked together and it was good.
Here’s the basic recipe and feel free to play along on any riffs that come up.
2 tablespoons Ginger Marmalade, zapped in microwave for 1 minute (or more to taste)
1/4 cup Asian Dressing with Soy and Ginger
4 Tablespoons Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, approximately.
2 teaspoons Sesame Seed Oil, or to taste
1 teaspoon Sesame Seeds
Mix all together and serve as a dipping sauce for Pork, Chicken, Shrimp or even Tofu. I think this would also be awesome for egg rolls, or … Whatever makes you sing.
Go have fun, and in the meantime, I’ll be riffing away.
And this is totally unrelated, but had to take a picture of my breakfast this morning, the cheese was trying to escape oozing out in all its melty goodness and it started my day off right.