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What to make with a mortar and pestle

sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 10:51 AM

I got this lovely new kitchen device from the boyfriend yesterday, and I'd like to make something tonight that showcases my new ability to fresh grind spices. Any suggestions?

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  1. Den RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 10:53 AM

    traditional pesto sauce is made with a mortar and pestle

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      modthyrth RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 11:00 AM

      Bulgogi wa Sanjeog Gui (Korean sesame beef)

      1lb thinly sliced beef (rump, flank steak, whatever you'd prefer)
      2 T sugar
      4 T soy sauce
      4 T minced green onions
      2 t minced garlic
      1 t minced ginger
      dash pepper
      1 t sesame seeds
      1 T toasted and ground sesame seeds
      1 T sake or sherry
      2 T sesame oil (I often only use 1 T)

      Toasting and grinding your own sesame seeds really makes all the difference in this dish. Take plain sesame seeds, put them in a small saucepan on the stove. Medium high heat, and stir quickly and constantly while the seeds toast. Pull off heat when they're golden brown, before they go black. You'll *just* start to hear a few pop like popcorn when it's time to take the seeds off the heat.

      Grind the toasted sesame seeds in your mortar and pestle. The aroma is amazing.

      Combine beef and marinade just before cooking. It can be grilled on skewers, but I typically just cook it up in a big skillet. High heat, and cook it to death. This is going to be some well-done beef--no other way to get the right flavor. As you cook, liquids will be released. Keep cooking until all the released liquid is cooked off, and you get a dark, thick glaze on the meat. You'll see a little iridescence on the beef, too.

      1. mirage RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 12:22 PM


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          Wahoowa RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 12:51 PM

          Its great for making wet rubs for meats, especially for meats you are going to grill. Just throw some fresh garlic in there with some corse salt, fresh ground pepper, a little olive oil and some fresh herbs like rosemary and you have a great rub for pork, lamb,chicken or whatever you like.

          1. Miss Needle RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 01:11 PM

            Homemade Thai curry paste. Really superior to the canned ones like Mae Ploy.

            1. starlady RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 02:35 PM

              Depending on how big your mortar is - Guacamole!

              Any kind of salad dressing with fresh or dried herbs.

              Your own dry rub spice - whole coriander, whole cumin, mustard seeds, whole peppercorns, maybe some fennel.

              Really whatever you want!
              And it's great to work out some aggression on to, really grind up peppercorns finely LOL

              1. soypower RE: sweetpickles Mar 31, 2008 06:07 PM

                you could make your own chili garlic paste with hot peppers (thai, habanero, jalapenos, or thai), garlic, salt, sugar and a splash of vinegar. but be warned, this is very very spicy.

                1. luckyfatima RE: sweetpickles Apr 1, 2008 02:13 AM

                  I always use my food chopper for everything, but the mortar and pestle I still use it for garlic and ginger paste.

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                    lilingenue RE: sweetpickles Apr 1, 2008 03:28 AM

                    Pestle fresh rosemary spikes with EVOO (this releases their oils and flavor) and drizzle over parboiled new potatoes before roasting with smashed garlic cloves...yummy!

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