I braved the pouring rain yesterday running errands, which included a stop at Whole Foods for Emeril’s Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry recipe. Oh, the stories I could tell about what goes on behind these lovely photos (and the stories my family could tell too!). Sloshing shoes and all, it was worth it! I love to hear the mmm’s and ooh’s at the dinner table, serving my family satisfying meals is one of my greatest pleasures. Emeril’s recipes have always made that easy, as I’ve followed Emeril Live and gleaned from his website for years. To say it is a privilege to preview Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders and be part of The Secret Ingredient One-Pot Blogging Party is an understatement—I am having a blast!
Spice preference in our house ranges from “kick-it-all-the-way-up” to “I’ll take milk with that.” I try to land somewhere in between with a dish like this—keeping some Sriracha near by for some, while avoiding a fire drill for others. The recipe called for seeded fresh chili, but since I could not find fresh I used dried. There was no way to separate the seeds in the dried chilies, so adjustments were made for that too. My husband, who likes it kicked-up, mentioned the chilies were “a bit naughty” when tasting a larger piece. Yes, they certainly get your attention.
Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry is a lively vegetarian dish with fried tofu incorporating the subtleties of lemongrass and fresh ginger, which complement the red curry. Instead of using tofu and serving it as a main dish, I served this beautiful kaleidoscope of vegetables as a side dish with rotisserie chicken and cilantro quinoa. The simmering time enabled me to debone the chicken and fluff the quinoa with the cilantro, so dinner was a snap. As the recipe suggested, a garnish of peanuts would be fabulous, but I could not pass up the shelled, roasted pistachios at Whole Foods—these smoky, earthy morsels put it over the top. Drizzle some of the coconut curry sauce over the chicken and BAM! it’s dinnertime!
The variety of delicious recipes in this one cookbook is so appealing; you’ll go back to it again and again.