Crystallized ginger is one of those “a little bit goes a long way” ingredients that can really make a dish shine. It is the dried and preserved form of the ginger plant, native to southern Asian and India.
Lightly coated with sugar, the spicy, moist and chewy slices can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Crystallized ginger slices may be chopped and added to baked goods such as scones, or used in tea, said to be a remedy for an unsettled stomach. This zippy spice mix from Frieda’s Specialty Produce uses chopped crystallized ginger for sweetness and heat.
Asian party mix
1 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
4 ounces crispy noodles
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- In a large bowl, stir together the crispy noodles, peanuts, crystallized ginger, dried apricots and coconut. Drizzle melted butter over; toss to coat. Sprinkle sesame seeds over mixture; toss again. Spread mixture out on an ungreased 15 X 10-inch jelly roll pan. Toast in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Turn mixture out onto paper towels to cool. Makes 5 cups mix.
(Recipe provided by Frieda’s Specialty Produce)