Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fusion Chinese / Polish Stir Fry Pilaf

Fusion cuisine is neat because you can mix all kinds of things together. If you want to put kimchi inside of a tortilla without it seeming weird to other people, you can do so if you tell them that it is "fusion" cuisine because "fusion cuisine" is very hip right now.  Today I cooked something that for purposes of this post will be called "Fusion Chinese / Polish Stir Fry Pilaf".

Fusion Chinese / Polish Stir Fry Pilaf

Serves 5-6 (or 1-2 at various points in time if you plan for leftovers on following days)

1 red cabbage - cut into strips
1 white onion
7-8 carrots - cut into strips
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
6 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon honey
1 cup of cooked sausage - sliced
3 cups of pilaf food mix (or rice or some other grain) of your choice

Step 1- Chop onion into small units. Chop cabbage into strips and peel carrots and cut them into 3 inch-ish strips.

Step 2-  Heat 5 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion and basil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, and then add the cabbage and cook for 10 more minutes or until just a slight bit of vegetable crispness remains.

Step 3- While the vegetables are cooking, make the pilaf, heat the sausage, and prepare the Asian-cuisine-inspired sauce. Cook the pilaf food (or rice or some other grain) according to the directions on the package, and heat the sausage however you heat sausage. For the sauce, mince the garlic, and mix it with the 1 remaining tablespoon of olive oil, the soy sauce, and the honey.

Step 4-When the vegetables are done cooking, remove them from heat and pour the sauce on top of them and mix well. Then, put some vegetables on the pilaf food or grains when they are done cooking.
This dish was evaluated as being quite edible, and good as well. Having accidentally purchased a package of "mini sausages" which rather ressemble "cocktail weenies" instead of the regular kind of sausage, I felt that it would be prudent to use them up by putting them in this dish. However, you can use any kind of sausage for this dish, and for a vegetarian version, simply omit the sausage.

Cfook'd is all about "fusion" and "hip food movements", and will feature more recipes involving such things in the future.

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