THE ELECTRIC KITCHEN
Special potluck dishes are bound to impress
FROM NOW until New Year's, your calendar is likely to fill up with parties, and it's very likely that at least one will be a potluck. To help you decide what to bring, we searched our files for tried-and-true favorites that are easy to prepare.
The Chinese Fish Cake Pupu is an old-time island favorite. For variety, use char siu in place of the ham. When making the Spicy Soybeans, we suggest that you double the recipe -- they're really ono! And the Kim Chee Dip? Don't knock it until you try it!
Chinese Fish Cake Pupus
Vegetable oil for frying
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped cooked ham
2 tablespoons chopped water chestnuts
2 tablespoons chopped Chinese mushrooms
1 pound raw Chinese fish paste
In a heavy skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 400 degrees.
Combine cornstarch, sugar, oil, water, green onion and cilantro. Add remaining ingredients; mix thoroughly.
Drop small amounts of mixture from a teaspoon into hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Serve with mustard and soy sauce. Makes 40.
Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: (not including mustard sauce and soy sauce): 80 calories, 6 g total fat, not saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, no fiber or sugar, 3 g protein.
1 pound frozen soybeans in pods
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hondashi (fish- flavored soup granules)
1 teaspoon sugar
Chili flakes and salt to taste
Cook soybeans following package directions; drain. In a large skillet, heat sesame oil. Add soybeans and remaining ingredients. Cook until dark, golden brown. Serves 6.
Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving (not including salt to taste): 90 calories, 5 total g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, no cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 6 g protein.
Kim Chee Dip
1/2 cup chopped kim chee
1 tablespoon kim chee liquid
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, quartered
Put all ingredients in blender; cover and blend 1 minute. Chill. Serve with crisp vegetables or chips. Makes 1 cup.
Approximate nutritional analysis, per 2 tablespoon serving: 80 calories, 8 g total fat, 5 g saturated fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, no fiber or sugar, 2 g protein.
Hawaiian Electric Co. presents this weekly collection of recipes as a public service. Many are drawn from HECO's database of recipes, accessible online at www.heco.com