Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Unique Spice Combo

When I came across a recipe that used Chinese 5 spice powder I was quick to cut it out. I knew my jar was soon to be past its expiration date. This Flank Steak recipe comes from BGH May 2012 issue. Just in case you haven't included this spice in your cooking repertoire here are some ideas for your consideration. 
It can be added to spice cakes for added depth of flavor, stir fries, tart crusts, spice rub for chicken, pork, seafood and even cranberry sauce. In Hawaii they often have 5 spice powders shakers on the table. 
This spice is rather intriguing because it encompasses all five flavors; sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty. If you are a cook with an adventuresome spirit you can even make your own 
Chinese 5 Spice Powder
1 tsp. Szechwan pepper
1 tsp. star anise
1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
or the easy way buy it in a jar as pictured above

Flank Steak
adapted from BHG May 2012 issue
  • 1-1/2 LB. flank steak
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 TB. soy sauce
  • optional 1/4 cup sherry or dry red wine

  • Slice steak across the grain in strips
  • Flatten to 1/4 inch thickness
  • Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes
  • While skewers are soaking mix soy sauce, 5 spice powder and wine
  • Coat meat in sauce let rest in bowl about 25 minutes
  • Thread on skewers, add tomatoes, zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms and peppers
  • Grill till done be sure to turn once or twice

Dipping Sauce    
6 oz. Greek yogurt
1TB. minced mint
or use sour cream mixed with cilantro

Here is a link to some recipes using the powder

"Having more joy does not necessarily require a life overhaul
-- you may just need to create more space in your life for
moments of joy."

by Debrena Jackson Gandy 

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