Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Shelby - Garlic Noodles with a Kick!

I've been following Shelby of The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch since I learned of food blogs.  She  makes comfort food and happens to prepare many Asian inspired dishes which are my favorite!  Today is Shelby's birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHELBY!!!

Katrina of Baking and Boys! reached out to some of us to do a round up of recipes from Shelby's blog to celebrate her birthday and I thought it was a marvelous idea!

Since my house is in disarray with construction work being done - it would have been hard to bake during the week - so I choose to do Garlic Noodles with a Kick! for last Sunday's dinner.  I deviated slightly from the original recipe to add some cilantro because I am one of those folks that love it and I doubled the recipe for the most part.  These were out of this world good - one pound of pasta and there is only a small container left for Jim's lunch tomorrow.  Andrew even gobbled them down - but kept saying "oh these are spicy but good".  I served them with some Trader Joe's pot stickers and everyone was happy!

Garlic Noodles with a Kick

One pound of dried pasta, cooked until al dente. 
3 scallions, chopped, setting aside the green part of the scallion for garnish
1 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes (adjust to your preference)
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons (dark) brown sugar (I used dark)
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
4 tablespoons butter

Roughly one tablespoon of chopped cilantro

Melt butter over medium heat until bubbly.  Add dried chili peppers and cook for about 1 minute (be careful not to burn the butter).  Add the minced garlic and scallions and saute about 1 minute, until softened.  Mix together brown sugar, fish sauce, and oyster sauce.  Add to butter mixture and cook for 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved (this doesn't take long).  Add pasta to the sauce and toss to mix.  For some color, toss in the green part of the chopped scallions and cilantro  Serve and enjoy!

As we sat down to dinner - I told Andrew and Jim that these were made for a special friend's birthday celebration and we toasted you, Shelby.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday full of love, happiness and good food!


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