Though I earned the nickname “Last Minute Liz” from my Dad for my homework habits in high school, my sister is also a world class procrastinator! This morning V and I picked her up and drove to Costco while she began reading the book she would be discussing tonight at the book club get together she was hosting. We picked up raw chicken wings and green beans as well as some prepared potstickers and spring rolls. On the way back, I read aloud while she drove. I got choked up, it’s really good, and now I’m going to have to borrow it and read it as soon as she’s done. I left her at her place with her groceries and took V home to play and hopefully nap before we would return so I could prepare the food. After playing on the trampoline, kicking a ball and blowing dandelion seeds, I gave up on V getting tired and got her into the car to go back to my sister’s house.
The food was a hit. Here are the recipes:
Szechuan Green Beans
1 pounds green beans, washed and trimmed
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 tbsp ginger, minced – I used jarred
1 tsp chili garlic sauce
Stir fry beans in a little oil over medium heat until they begin to wrinkle and brown in spots. This took about 10 minutes. Remove them from the pan. Heat oil and add garlic, ginger and chili sauce. As soon as it is combined and hot, toss the beans back in and stir fry again until they are coated in the sauce and sizzling hot. Serve immediately.
Chinese Chicken Wings
5 lbs of chicken wings, separated and tips removed
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup tamari soy sauce
1 cup water
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp ginger, minced – again from the jar
1 tsp chili garlic sauce – I would use more next time
Combine the sugar, soy sauce, water and ketchup, ginger and chili in a saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely melted. I only let it cool for a few minutes and then poured it over the wings in a bowl so they could marinate for a while. You could marinate them up to 24 hours in advance, if you’re not a huge procrastinator. Ours got to marinate for about 25 minutes! Preheat oven to 350 and bake for about an hour and a half, in a single layer on baking sheets lined with foil – unless you love scrubbing. I saved the marinade and boiled it gently until it reduced to sticky goo and smeared that on the wings near the end of baking. It was crazy good!