So we're STILL talking about cleaning out the frig? Well, I took care of all those Mediterranean leftovers with my Persian Soup with Everything ,and Lasagna with Red Chard Agro Dolce, Comte, Beans and Walnuts. But what about the ground pork, shiitakes, eggplants and the little bits of Asian residing in the frig's far corners ?
Some 40 years ago at my first dim-sum place (long gone), I loved their tender little eggplant sandwiches filled with curried pork. I have never seen that dish since then and have long wanted to duplicate it, so that became my goal. I began with Martha Stewart's Pork Pearl Balls filling (one of my more popular hors d'oeuvre) to which I added fresh shiitake (a vast improvement over my waaay old dried shiitakes) , Jerusalem artichokes, (which I prefer to canned water chestnuts for nutty crunch)Madras curry powder, cumin and coriander. I kept some of the un-curried pork mixture so I'd have two different dimsum to offer. I also decided to try a deep fried Eggplant sandwich as well (I am a sucker for crunchy). But there's no need to feel compelled to make all of these; your lucky guest(s) will be happy either way! —LE BEC FIN