Saturday, February 5, 2011

Spinach Carrotaki (and a sneak peek)

I created an interesting recipe and since the hubs loved it, I decided to let him name it. He said, "This is so good, you can make this once a week."   The name he came up with is what is in the title. :)
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures, we ate it up too quickly, but you should try it.

1 tsp apricot preserves
3 Tbsp. terriyaki sauce
1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
4 Baby Carrots (or 1 whole carrot), peeled and julienned
1 1/2 cups baby spinach, stems removed
1/4 cup onion, diced
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Oil spray

1. Place sesame seeds in a frying pan (make it large enough for the spinach later) and turn heat on medium.  Toast for about 3-5 minutes, occasionally shaking the pan or stirring the seeds. Do not over toast (YUCK). You just want them to start releasing their oils and changing to a slightly golden color.  Once toasted pour seeds on a paper towel lined bowl.
2. Mix apricot preserves, terriyaki sauce and ginger together in a small bowl, heat in a microwave for about 20-30 seconds, stir again and set aside.
3. Lightly spray frying pan and add onions and carrots. Saute on med/high heat for about 3 -4 minutes or until slightly firm (longer if you want less crispness).
4. Coursely chop spinach while carrots and onions are cooking. 
5. Add sauce mixture to carrots and onions, stir together.  Reduce heat to medium and fold in spinach with tongs being sure to coat spinach with the sauce, carrots and onions. Let spinach start wilting for a minute or two (this part is a taste/texture preference. I wilted ours well since I kow the hubs likes it that way but I would have left some shape to the spinach myself).
6. Sprinkle on as many or as little sesame seeds you want (we used all), toss together then remove from heat and serve immediately. 

Now, I want to give you a preview of the quilt top I've been feverishly working on this past mont. The postage stamp quilt top from the PS I Quilt quilt along.  Full photos will come after I have it quilted. :-)



Kate said...

I'm not one for cooked carrots, but like the apricot/terriyaki/grated ginger combo. Maybe I'll suggest this as a potential for dinner this weekend. Assuming we can get spinich, most of the grocery stores are without fresh veggies due to the winter storm here in the mid south.

The postage stamp quilt looks great. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the final quilt.

John'aLee said...

Oh that recipe sounds yummy. If I was home I'd get into the kitchen and make it.
Your postage stamp looks amazing. Your points match up perfectly. Did you pin every intersection?

Megan said...

I love the recipe, so creative! The quilt is absolutely gorgeous, I wish I could make things like that.

Marg said...

That sounds delicious, we love spinach here so I can never have enough recipes.
The postage stamp quilt looks fabulous, looking forward to seeing it all quilted.

Shay said...

Carrotaki sounds yummy.

Oooh I love the postage stamp quilt. Seriously do all your seams match up so perfectly all over the quilt. That's one fine sewing job. How are you going to quilt it?

Kirsten's Cooking said...

that sounds great!!!!!

thanks for the idea - would you be mad if I added chicken?