Recipe if you're bold :-)

gnappiMarch 14, 2013

I've been a member of GW for several years now but mostly I am found in the tropical fruits forum. I always browse the other forums but decided spend more time here.

This recipe is similar to the Asian dish "Lemon Chicken" with a more flavorful twist.

Last night I "genned" up a recipe using carambola (starfruit) which I have a "LOT" of much of the year. It's a chicken curry / carambola sandwich or rice drench deal.

Note: store bought Carambola are notoriously horrid tasting so getting tree ripened specimens at a farmer's market or from a neighbor is best.

Ingredients: (for 1 expand as needed)

3 chicken thighs with skin and meat removed and diced into bite size cubes.

1 large or 2 medium sized RIPE carambola blended into a soupy liquid (strain or not as desired, I did NOT strain it)

Butter

Curry powder 1 TBSP (OK to leave out if you don't like curry)

Water (not much 1/4 cup to none depending on juicyness of the Carambola)

1/2 to 1 cup of Sugar (less if you don't use sugar and the whole cup if you like a sweeter taste.)

Soy sauce (1 Tbsp more or less to taste)

Braze the dark meat in a frying pan with the butter and when mostly cooked add the carambola, curry, sugar and Soy sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

You can pour it over rice or onto a hoagie roll, I did both last night it was very satisfying.

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ann_t

Sounds good. I think I would prefer it over rice.

~Ann

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 9:58AM
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foodonastump

I always eye star fruit at the market... Now I guess I know not to buy it? Oh well.

Welcome to CF. There are other tropical growers here.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 10:28AM
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centralcacyclist

Welcome to the cooking forum.

I'd like to try your recipe, I'm always looking for new ways to dress up chicken, but I have never seen star fruit at the farm stands here and few in the regular grocery stores. I assume it doesn't grow in Northern California or it doesn't have a market in my area. I'll take a look at the Asian markets. I might find it there.

Thanks!

Eileen

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 11:27AM
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Teresa_MN

Welcome to the CF gnappy!

Teresa

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 11:36AM
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bcskye

Welcome, gnappi! Your recipe sounds really good and I think I might have to try it if I can find some ripe starfruit. I've seen them in our local groceries, but not all the time.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 2:01PM
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mustangs81

Hi, waving to you from the CF.

I always look at the carambola display at Publix but pass by because I don't know what to do with them.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:38PM
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whgille

Hi Gnappi
Welcome to the cooking forum! I also grow starfruit and I agree with you about the store bought ones. Some fruits you can really taste the difference with the home grown ones.
Your recipe is bold! I was thinking to make chicken with loquat sauce, maybe?. My neighbor also grows a star fruit and yesterday he surprised me with a carambola pie and it was very well done, he said he used a recipe for apple pie. Someday I may try to make carambola wine...

I did some harvest for lunch today, baby potatoes, cauliflower, peas, herbs and frozen tomatoes from the garden and made a curry, I just love homegrown produce!

Silvia

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:39PM
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Teresa_MN

Cathy - I just slice them and eat them. They are fantastic. I bet your grandkids would love them just for the fun shape once they are sliced.

I've been buying them here in Minnesota for 35 years. Thye taste great as long as they are ripe. And when I was a flight attendant I would visit a friend in Florida who grew them. She always gave me a box of them to take home.

Teresa

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 3:47PM
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gnappi

Thanks for the comments:

"I always eye star fruit at the market... Now I guess I know not to buy it? Oh well. "

"I always look at the carambola display at Publix but pass by because I don't know what to do with them. "

Carambola turn yellow in the market they do NOT ripen like a mango, that means little or no sugar content lift. Tree ripened carambola are my fave fruit. Store bought carambola are bitter and not juicy I too wouldn't know what to do with one!

"I was thinking to make chicken with loquat sauce, maybe?"

Hmm.. My baby loquat only gives me a dozen or so fruits but I have a good source for them. They make a great addition to mixed fruit juices. Right now I'm saving wine bottles to do just what you said, make wine. My Italian ancestors (all of them made wine right up to my Dad) will roll in their graves :-)

I pick my Carambola when they start to develop what I call "age spots" a light tan discoloration on the skin and they are at the peak of sugar and water content. I give them a little tug and if they come off it's off to the carambola slaughterhouse :-(

I use them sliced and eaten, juiced, as a garnish, cooking where most fruits can be used and soon wine. Oh they make killer smoothies with some vanilla yogurt, powdered malt, half and half, a banana and ice!!!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 7:07PM
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