Enoki or Enokitake(as said in Japan) is a long, white, thin mushroom. Very commonly used in Japanese soups and popular for it's subtle mild fruity flavor. Enokis are very healthy as they are full of antioxidants.
Last weekend I found a fresh bunch of Enoki in our local Asian grocery store. I bought a bunch and added them to noodles, they were really good. I still had some left, was wondering what to make with them. Thanks to foodandwine.com , I got this wonderful idea of bacon wrapped enokis. It can be an excellent choice as a starter for a party. The best thing is, you can keep them prepared in advance, only need to grill or bake before serving. I served it along a soy-ginger dip. Those who do not eat bacon, try with turkey bacon(thanks to Anuradha for this idea) or thin strips of chicken. And if you do not get enokis, you can try this with asparagus also.
Things needed to make bacon wrapped enokis:
- Bacon: 6
- Enoki: a bunch
- Carrot: 1
- Spring onion: a bunch
- Toothpicks to secure the roll
For the dip:
- Dark soy sauce: 1/2 cup
- Brown sugar: 1 tsp
- Ginger(grated): 1/2 tsp
- Chinese rice wine/sherry: 1 tbsp
- Sesame oil: 1/4 tsp
Steps of making bacon wrapped enokis:
1. Trim the enokis and wash well. Drain water and pat dry with kitchen towel.
2. Peel carrot and cut into thin long strips. Cut the spring onion into long strips.
3. Cut bacon into half. Put a layer of bacon, then arrange the vegetables on one side. Carefully roll them and secure with toothpick. You can prepare till this and keep the wraps in a closed container in the refrigerator. Take out an hour before grilling or baking.
4. Pre-heat oven to 350F/175C. Cover a large baking tray with aluminium foil and cook the wraps for 12-15 min or till the bacon takes a nice color. You can cook them on stove top using a pan. Spray a little oil on the pan, heat pan and arrange the wraps and cook(keep turning) till the bacon takes a nice color.
5. Serve hot with the soy dip. For the dip mix all the ingredients together and let sit for 20 min. If you like you can brush the dip on the wrap before putting them into the oven.
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