Hey Guys! Is everyone getting ready for the super bowl?? As usual we’re both getting ready and excited for the fun food that usually comes along with this “holiday” sort of day….not so much the game, sorry! We feel like we’ve been doing pretty well with keeping ourselves somewhat in check with the cheeseburgers, hot dogs, tater tots, and so on so just like we did this past friday, we’re treating ourselves again with these, Fried Pork Belly and Kimchi Fried Rice Balls. The idea for these actually came from the yummy eatery in LA, Seoul Sausage. This place serves up some unique Korean style fusion snacks such as Galbi Poutine, a variety of awesome and unique sausages and these fried balls. :) If you haven’t had a chance to try any of their food we recommend it..go with a big appetite though as you’ll want to eat everything on the menu and the items are pretty filling. Our fried balls are filled with a Korean style pork and kimchi fried rice and lightly coated and fried in a crisp panko breading. These balls pack tons of delicious and intense flavor, but if the heat is a bit much for you, cool them down by dipping them in our garlic-green onion aioli! Balance, people!
In addition to us getting ready for the Super Bowl, we also have a neat giveaway today! We’re giving away a QOOQ Tablet. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a tablet similar to the ipad and kindle, but designed specifically for the kitchen! That’s right, this tablet comes with tons of recipes already uploaded into it, plus it constantly updates new recipes, professional chef bios/demos (according to season and availability) and much more, so you’ll never have a shortage of recipes to sift through. In addition to the recipes that come pre-installed to the tablet you can also do some basic web browsing and access your personal (media) accounts. So while it’s a tablet designed for the kitchen, you can still use it to access your facebook or twitter accounts!
We will say this, initially we were a bit turned off by the “bulkiness” of this tablet. Compared to an ipad this tablet is pretty thick and heavy….BUT what we didn’t consider is that fact that it is meant to stay primarily in the kitchen (to help you not only with recipes, but demo videos, organizing grocery lists, etc) and even better….it’s completely spill proof! Yes, you can get “spill proof” covers for your other tablets, but in this case you don’t need one whatsoever. It also comes with its own kickstand, for much needed convenience when you’re cooking. Our favorite part about this tablet, other than the great organization and ease to search through the recipes is the sidebar on the right hand part of the screen, that includes an area for your “favorites”, a basic weather report and live radio!
Kimchi Fried Rice Balls with a Garlic and Green Onion Aioli
Makes 24 to 28
garlic-green onion aioli:
4 cloves garlic, blanched
2 green onions, roughly sliced
2/3 cup crème fraiche
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 lime, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chili paste)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon (low sodium) soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 lb diced pork belly
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 recipe kimchi fried rice
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
3 eggs, divided
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying
1. For aioli: Place garlic and green onions into the work bowl of a food processor and pulse 5 times. Add the remaining aioli ingredients and process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Place all pork marinade ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until fully combined. Add pork and toss together until completely coated. Allow mixture to marinate, about 15 minutes.
3. In a large wok or sauté pan add oil and place over high heat. Cook pork for 2 to 3 minutes and drain onto paper towels.
4. Make fried rice and fold pork belly into mixture. Place the pork fried rice into the refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hours.
5. Once the rice has chilled, stir in 1/2 cup of flour and 1 egg until completely combined.
6. Place remaining flour, eggs (lightly beaten) and panko in three separate shallow dishes. Take 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of the rice mixture and gently form into a ball.
7. Carefully dredge the ball in the flour, followed by the eggs and finally the panko until completely coated, shaking off any excess. Place breaded ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat until all the rice mixture has been used. Place the baking tray in the freezer and freeze balls for about 1 hour.
8. Preheat oil to 350°F.
9. Fry balls in the oil, a few at a time, for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Repeat until all balls have been fried. Serve immediately with aioli.
**UPDATE** We have randomly chosen a winner and that person is Jennifer who said: “Years ago i found a recipe called “super dip”, basically a burrito filling type dip that our children always called “super bowl dip” so it became our “must have” for the Super Bowl. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway….a device for the kitchen sounds great!” Thanks guys!