Monday, April 4, 2011

Steamed Lotus Root Pie

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This next recipe is also one of my personal favourites. If you've tried our my recipe for Meat Pie here (Meat Pie Recipe), you'll discover that this dish is also very easy to prepare ahead of time.  Lotus root is one of those ingredients that can be cooked in many different ways.  In a soup or stir-fried it has a very crunchy texture, yet in this recipe it's grated and ends up being very soft.  I can assure you that if you prepare this dish, it will quickly become a staple of your household!

The list of ingredients are:
  • Lotus root (3/4 pound, roughly 3 sections of the root)
  • 2 Shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 or so small dried prawns (optional)
  • 1 link of Chinese sausage
  • 1 stalk of green onion
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 heaping tsp of cornstarch
  • 1 whole egg
  • salt, sugar, vegetable oil

To make Lotus Pie:
  1. Use a knife to peel the Lotus Root. The grocery store may still have the lotus root linked up together, so separate them.
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the lotus root into a bowl using the fine grater setting. I've found that if you use a course grating, the cooking becomes uneven.
  3. Finely chop all of the other ingredients
  4. Place all the ingredients including the Lotus Root into a large mixing bowl/pan. Add 1 heaping tsp of cornstarch, dash of salt, 1/4 tsp of sugar, and a light drizzle of oil to the bowl.
  5. Crack the whole egg into the bowl and proceed to mix all of the ingredients together to form an even mixture.
  6. Lightly oil a casserole dish with 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Transfer the Lotus Pie mixture and spread evenly.
  7. Prepare a steamer or double-boiler on high-heat. Steam on high heat for 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

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