Monday, July 6, 2015

Sesame Ginger Miso Dipping Sauce

I'm not sure why I was on the hunt for a miso dip, but I was. I wanted something we could use for dipping with raw cut veggies as an antidote to the inevitable "Mom-I'm-hungry-when's-dinner?". I hit gold on allrecipes. In fact, so much did my children love the dip that they ploughed through a container of cut vegetables that I'd meant to last for a few days in fifteen minutes flat. I particularly love this dip because you don't have to drown your food in it--a little dab will do you. One recipe make enough for several days for a four-member family.

When I made it today, I forgot the ginger at first and learned that it is really important to the end result. Without it the dip was boring and unmemorable.

Of course, I changed the initial recipe. I omitted the lime juice because I felt it was tart enough and then I messed with the proportions a bit so that you can use one 1/8 cup (2 TBSP) measure for everything--in some cases scant, in others overflowing. The fewer dishes I need to dirty, the more often I will make a recipe. Finally, I added some grated garlic because I had the Microplane out anyway and I love the ginger/garlic combination.

INGREDIENTS
1/8 c. (2 TBSP) miso paste; I use shiro (white) miso
1/8 c. rice wine vinegar
1/8 c. (scant) honey
1/8 c. (very scant) sesame oil
1 tsp grated ginger, or to taste
1/2 clove garlic, grated or to taste (be careful--raw garlic gets stronger with time)

DIRECTIONS
  1. Whisk miso paste and rice vinegar together in a small bowl until the miso is dissolved
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients
  3. Taste and adjust flavored as desired
  4. Serve with cut raw vegetables
  5. Store remainder in fridge


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