July 31, 2013

Natural glutamate delivers bursts of flavor

Foods like tomatoes, mushrooms, seaweed and bacon have the secret to 'make our mouths water.'

By BILL DALEY McClatchy Newspapers

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Above: Foods naturally laden with glutamate give this Tomato-Crimini Mushroom and Bacon Salad a flavor punch.

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A miso marinade enhances cod.

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Add tomatoes, bacon, vinegar, maple syrup and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Toss well; adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed. Serve topped with the shaved Parmesan.

Nutrition information per serving: 186 calories; 14 g fat (4 g saturated); 19 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 1 g fiber; 420 mg sodium.

Recipe from Christopher Prosperi of Metro Bis restaurant in Simsbury, Conn. Serve as an entree, a side dish or a topping for grilled steak or tuna, suggests the chef.

MISO-MARINATED COD

Start to finish: Eight hours (30 minutes active)

Serves four.

½ cup sake

¼ cup each: white miso, mirin

2 tablespoons each: rice wine vinegar, soy sauce

1 piece (1-inch long) ginger, peeled, finely minced

2 green onions, white and light green parts, finely sliced

4 cod fillets, skinned, 5 to 6 ounces each

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons oil

Stir together the sake, miso, mirin, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and green onions.

In a shallow glass dish large enough to hold the cold fillets in a single layer, pour the marinade. Set the cod fillets in the marinade, thick fleshy sides down. The marinade should cover the fish.

Cover the dish and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Turn the fish once during the marinating time.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lift the fillets from the marinade; lightly season both sides with salt and pepper. In an oven-safe skillet over medium heat, heat the oil.

When hot, lay the cod in the pan; cook, about 1 minute. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook until cooked through, 6-8 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving: 174 calories; 8 g fat (1 g saturated); 54 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 319 mg sodium.

Recipe from "The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook" (Running Press, $22), by Debra Ponzek with Mary Goodbody. White miso, sake and mirin may be found at some supermarkets and Asian markets.

 

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