Monday, October 15, 2012

Teriyaki Sauce that's Good Enough to Drink

1 Tbsp. cornstarch 
1 Tbsp. cold water
½ c. white sugar
½ c. soy sauce
¼ c. cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. black pepper

(I don't want to take credit for the cute writing style of Kate Jones, so I'll tell you here and now that the directions below were written by her clever and creative self.  My unimaginative brain just copied and pasted.)

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and black pepper. We’ve talked about ginger before and you can use either ground ginger as directed or about 1 1/4 tsp. of fresh ginger. Believe it or not, in this recipe, I actually prefer ground ginger; it has a slightly different flavor that I think infuses better in the sauce than fresh ginger. That being said, I used fresh here because I had a bunch of minced ginger in my freezer and I didn’t want it to go to waste. And the sauce came out great. So whatever works for you.

ANYWAY. I’m rambling. Combine your ingredients in the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. While sauce is heating, combine cornstarch and cold water. When sauce comes to a full boil, add cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and use any way you darn well please. You can store it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

From whence it came:  I have a new cookbook!!!  

Well, it's not all that new, but since I haven't blogged for a million years it seems like it's new.  My super sweet sister-in-law, Geralene, gave it to me for my birthday over a year ago.  My birthday is in July (on the 2nd just in case you want to get me something next year) and her birthday is in August.  I love this cookbook so much that a month after she gave it to me, I bought one and gave it to her!  I bit of a lame and lazy gift, but she just had to have it.  It's that good!  Every recipe I have tried as been so good!  And I've tried a lot of 'em.  I really didn't think I'd be buying many cookbooks anymore since you can find almost any recipe you want on the Internet, but this one is worth having!  

Why it's blogable:  Yep, you could seriously drink this sauce, but don't, because that would be humiliating and give you really bad breath!  And then you'd lose friends because your breath was so stinky!  And then you'd be lonely because you don't have any friends.  And then you'd be depressed because you're lonely and you'd make a whole batch of this dough and eat it all by yourself.  And then your pants won't zip up because you ate a whole batch of that naughty dough all by yourself!  And then you'll need new pants.  I could go on and on, but the point is, even though this sauce is good enough to drink, use it on your favorite meat, vegies, in stir fry or wherever you want.  Use you imagination people!  I can't do all the thinking!  

Oh yeah:  You seriously need to double this recipe!  Possibly triple it!  If you don't you'll be sad.  And then you'll probably make a whole batch of this and eat it all by yourself!  At least that's what I'd do!

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!

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