Sticky Sesame Wings

I always know a recipe is good when Ron requests that I make it again as soon as we’re done eating… and I know it’s especially awesome when he requests I make it for his birthday dinner! This recipe from Smitten Kitchen is one of those awesome recipes. In my book Deb over at Smitten Kitchen can do no wrong… I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that she’s writing a new cookbook! This dish is so simple, pretty much foolproof, and perfect for a weeknight dinner, or birthday feast!

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Sticky Sesame Wings

Serves 4 (in theory……)

Ingredients:

3 lbs chicken wings (I used the small party wings from Whole Foods- in my opinion they are the perfect size)
1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed
1 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp honey (more or less to taste)
1 tsp sesame oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of sriracha
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
1 scallion, finely chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with baking foil, and spray with nonstick cooking spray or oil.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, salt, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, sesame oil, and cayenne or sriracha. Add the wings, and mix until well covered with sauce. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet, and pour any sauce that remains in the bowl on top.

3. Bake for about 35 minutes, turning once.

4. When cooked through, toss with the toasted sesame seeds and scallions.

Source: Smitten Kitchen

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Roasted Sesame Green Beans

Green beans are one of the few vegetables I can actually get my boyfriend Ron to eat happily, and roasting them is his favorite way to eat them. The first time I roasted green beans they were roasted and then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese (I will be sure to post that recipe in the near future), so when I saw that the Cook’s Illustrated cookbook had several variations of roasted green beans I got quite excited! I chose these roasted sesame green beans to go alongside the ginger-hoisin glazed shrimp because I figured the flavors would go together perfectly, and they absolutely did! I love how roasting the green beans makes them slightly crispy, and adds just another layer of flavor to them. This is a wonderfully easy, but not boring at all, side dish- perfect for a busy weekday night!

Roasted Sesame Green Beans

Roasted Sesame Green Beans

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

2 tsp honey

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

1 lb Green Beans, trimmed

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

4 tsp sesame seeds, toasted*

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the sesame oil, honey, red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger. Set aside.

2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and on the baking sheet toss together the green beans and olive oil. Add the 1/2 tsp of salt, and mix together. Spread out in an even layer.

3. Place in oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, pour the garlic-ginger sauce over the beans, and toss with tongs. Place back in the oven and back for another 10-12 minutes, until the beans are starting to shrivel and are dark in spots.

4. Remove from oven, season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. (You may use less than the entire 4 tsp of sesame seeds.)

Source: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

*To toast the sesame seeds, either toast in heavy skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, or you can toast them in a preheated 350 degree oven for a few minutes- I’d start checking them around 3 minutes, as they can go from perfect to burnt very quickly.