This week I gave the February 2015 Real Simple Miso Potsticker and Snap Pea Soup recipe a whirl. I do not have much experience with miso cooking and the recipe seemed ‘simple’ enough (and it was). I did find that it needed more salt, more ginger, less water (this time was I used about 1/2 cup less next time around even less) and I cooked the potstickers on both sides adding adding broth right before serving. I also used more sliced radish and snap pea for each serving, putting all ingredients in a bowl, then ladeling soup on top. This did come together quickly, made for a satisfying supper (and left over lunch) and used up a random assortment of frozen potstickers from our freezer.
Ingredients for approx. 3 servings
- In a glass measuring cup add 1/4 cup water then add in 1/4 miso paste. Mix with a fork or whisk until the miso is dissolved.
- Slice the radishes into thin disks and if you have time and patience make match sticks out of the snap peas.
- In a large soup pot over medium, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the white part of the green onions, ginger, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Cook until tender and fragrant. This will be pretty quick, maybe 3 minutes. Add the miso dissolved in water.
- Add the remaining 3 ½ cups water and bring to a rapid boil.Keep it going, it will help reduce it a bit (concentrate flavor) and then in a later step when added to the vegetables, quick cook them. Taste it and adjust salt, without burning yourself.
- Cook the potstickers. There are lots of ways but for this recipe, keep it easy and just heat a tablespoon or more of oil in a fry pan and add the frozen potstickers. You could of course do this your favorite was as well. They will brown in about 4 minutes, then turn them over and brown the other side.
- Prepare bowls for soup by placing an healthy pile of snap peas and sliced radishes in the bottom. You can add the potstickers now too.
- Ladle the miso broth into each person’s large soup bowl and drizzle with chili oil if you want a little heat. Add a few twists of fresh ground pepper and some of the green parts of the green onions.
- Serve with chopsticks and spoon. Enjoy!
Do you have a miso recipe to share?