Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thai Green Curry

Also from Cook's Illustrated...sensing a theme here? :)

Thai Green Curry w/chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms

2 14-oz cans coconut milk (unsweetened), not shaken
2 T store-bought green curry paste or 1/2 c homemade green curry paste
2 T fish sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed of excess fat and sliced thin across the grain
2 1/2 c broccoli florets
4 oz white mushrooms or shitakes, stems discarded and mushrooms quartered (about 2 cups) (optional)
1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into thin strips (optional)
1 large chile (hot), stemmed, seeded, and quartered lengthwise (optional)
1 T lime juice
1/2 c fresh basil leaves (optional, but good)
1/2 c fresh mint leaves (optional, but good)

-I've had the best luck using Mae Ploy green curry paste and Chaokah coconut milk.  I've found that the coconut milk really affects the final product.
-I substitute whatever vegetables I have on hand at the end.  Carrots, broccoli, and zucchini have worked well in the past.

1. Carefully spoon off about 1 cup of the top layer of cream from one can of coconut milk -- this layer will be thick and possibly solid.  Place the coconut cream and curry paste in a large Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over high heat, whisking to blend, about 2 minutes.  Maintain this brisk simmer and whisk frequently until almost all of the liquid evaporates, 3-5 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-high and whisk constantly until the cream separates into a puddle of colored oil and coconut solids, 3-8 minutes.  (You should hear the curry paste starting to fry in the oil.)  (Note: It usually takes me longer than 3-8 minutes.) Continue cooking until the curry paste is very aromatic, 1-2 minutes.

2. Whisk in the remaining coconut milk, the fish sauce, and the brown sugar.  Bring back to a brisk simmer and cook until the flavors meld and the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Season the chicken with salt and add it to the pot, stirring until the pieces are separated and evenly coated with the sauce, about 1 minute.  Stir in the broccoli and mushrooms and bring back to a brisk simmer over medium heat.  Cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the bell pepper and fresh chile, if using, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.  Off the heat, stir in the lime juice, basil and mint. Serve immediately.

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