Friday, August 9, 2013

カボチャの煮物 Stewed Pumpkin


Another Japanese style vegetable dish made using the dashi stock used to make the dishes in this post.


Washed the pumpkin well, removed the stem and the seeds, then cut it up into fairly large chunks with the skin on. Placed in a bowl, sprinkled a few spoonfuls of sugar and a pinch of salt - then covered with a plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator for a few hours, tossing once. This extracts moisture from the pumpkin and condenses the flavor within the flesh.


Took the pumpkins out of the refrigerator and put them in a pan with some depth. Added enough dashi so the pumpkins are halfway immersed, then brought to a boil with medium heat. Once boiling, reduced the heat to a simmer and added a mix of soy sauce, sake, and mirin (ratio = 2:1:1) to season, gave it a gentle stir, then cooked until the pumpkins became tender, but not quite falling apart. Removed from the heat to let it cool for about half an hour (which allows the flavors to permeate) before serving.

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