And now, for some more “man food.” Leave it to men’s magazines to help me out in the kitchen – just like Men’s Health has some great recipes, GQ does too! For the Super Bowl this year, my husband wanted to make these K-Town Pantry Wings. When I saw the recipe, I wasn’t expecting gochujang (Korean chili paste) to be an easy ingredient to find (or pronounce), but it turned out it was incredibly painless to locate at my local big-box store. The wings turned out great, but I now have a pretty sizable tub of gochujang sitting in my fridge.
Not one to let food go to waste, I’ve made it my mission to use that stuff up. It’s actually pretty versatile, and has a nice spicy and smoky flavor. A little bit goes a long way toward giving an otherwise boring dish a little Korean flair. Along the lines of “party food” like chicken wings, I thought this stuff would work in meatballs, too. A quick trip to the store later, and I was a meatball-making machine.
The only bad thing? An unfortunate meatball assembly incident: I was making meatballs while happily listening to my kitchen radio. But then, it happened – Nickelback came on. “Noooooooo! Please noooooo!” I cried to myself. With my hands covered in meatball stuff, I had no choice but to attempt to use one of my feet to turn off the radio. This only resulted in me almost falling over, and having to grab the counter with dirty hands, which only made a bigger mess. Lesson learned: ALWAYS plug in your Ipod when you are doing a messy kitchen task. Never trust the regular radio.
You’ll notice some fried rice lurking in the background of these photos. I made it with kimchi. Click HERE for that recipe!
Update 10/2/13: This recipe was chosen as the winner of Food52′s “Your Best Spicy Recipe” contest and professionally photographed by James Ransom. I’m so happy and proud of my little meatball recipe that could.
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