7 (Mon) May 2012
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Garlic Mash in Mario’s Kick-Ass Barbecue Sauce
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with W and DJ
Mario Batali seems to take his own celebrity too seriously, but he does appear to take his food very seriously, which is what counts. I found his barbecue cookbook Italian Grill in the damage pile at my father’s warehouse.
The first recipe that I’ve tried from the book is for barbecue sauce. It’s a long list of ingredients, but all of them are reasonably accessible, even in Korea, except the molasses – I added more honey and sugar instead. The whole process took about 15 minutes. Immediately after making the sauce, it didn’t seem quite right: like sour ketchup, somewhat bitter from the cumin. After a night in the fridge, however, the flavors mellowed out and came together nicely. With grilled shrimp, it was like cocktail sauce but with attitude (see 3.122 Grilled Shrimp in Mario’s Kick Ass Barbecue Sauce). The potatoes from this evening paired even better, the soft creaminess of the mash balancing out the spicy sweetness and tang of the sauce. Definitely adding the recipe to my permanent repertoire.
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