Dirty Dancing Dinner (#85)
This month's movie was Dirty Dancing, an iconic coming of age story that features incredible music and dancing. For our dinner theme, we went a little outside the box. I took an idea that I originally found here on another blog. That blog brought to attention a conversation between Baby and her parents where they talk about people starving in Southeast Asia and her dad tells the waiter to box up Baby's leftover pot roast and send it to Southeast Asia. That website used that as inspiration to make an Asian inspired pot roast and mashed potatoes. I really loved that idea, but I was not sold on the recipes that they used, so I went a different direction with the flavors. Instead, I went with a teriyaki flavored pot roast and a sesame flavored mashed potato. I went soy free on both dishes due to allergies. I also made a Korean watermelon punch.
I am happy to say that both dishes and the drink came out VERY well. Multiple guests went back for seconds. Even when we stopped for dessert, people were getting more food. That is wonderful sight. So now I am happy to share with you the recipes I used.
First off, let me give credit where credit is due. I used several websites to help me with this meal. For the teriyaki pot roast, I used this website as my guide and made only slight alterations to it. For the sesame mashed potatoes, this is the website that helped me. I'll be honest, I didn't follow that recipe at all. I did use many of the same ingredients but didn't measure out anything and seasoned entirely by taste. I wish I had measured it though, because the final result was amazing. As for the Korean watermelon punch, I found the recipe here and followed it pretty closely.
Sesame Mashed Potatoes
To make the sesame mashed potatoes the way that I did, you just make some good creamy, buttery potatoes the way that you normally would. Then sprinkle in a bit of garlic powder and sesame oil. Mix well. This is the part where you need to really taste as you go. I was nervous about the sesame flavor being over powering, but instead I noticed that it took a good bit more than I thought it would. Once the garlic and sesame flavors are where you want them, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. This dish was probably the highlight of the night. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.
Soy-Free Teriyaki Sauce/Marinade
To make the pot roast, I had to start with a good teriyaki sauce. Because of allergy issues, I made the sauce free of any soy sauce. It was not as hard as you might think, and in my opinion, it came out absolutely delicious. I can definitely see myself making this again. It does have a little bit of heat to it, due to the red peppers, but it's the good kind of heat that warms the back of your throat instead of burning it. To make this recipe soy free, I substituted the soy sauce that I would have used with 3 parts Worcestershire sauce and 1 part water.
I cooked my 3 pound roast in this sauce in a crockpot set on low. I doubled the sauce recipe to make sure there was enough to soak the meat. I left it in there all day, occasionally basting it or rolling it on its side to make sure it was successfully absorbing all the juices. About an hour or so before dinner, I broke the roast apart in the crockpot so that it would continue to soak up all the sauce. If you do this in a crockpot, I suggest trimming the fat to keep the sauce from getting too greasy.
If you want to roast you beef conventionally in the oven, I would suggest marinading that the meat in the sauce the night before in the fridge. You can then make some more sauce the day of to pour overtop the roast before serving.
Making the teriyaki sauce is as simple of mixing all these ingredients together. You may want to mix it over a low heat to ensure the sugars and powders dissolve completely and everything mixes evenly. You can use this as a marinade or a topping.
Korean Watermelon Punch