Plated Crispy Lemongrass Pork and Long Life Noodles in Sriracha Chicken Broth

This was a wonderfully delicious meal and I would love to try to recreate it.  I loved the texture of the crispy pork, the 4-3-2015 9-05-18 AMheat from the Sriracha, the noodles, really everything about it.  I’ve gotten more comfortable with tweaking Plated’s recipes.  For example, the recipe said to use the scallions only as garnish.  I decided to toss the lighter green scallions in with the noodles and Chinese broccoli and it enhanced the flavor and helped soften the scallions.  This meal was ready in only 29 minutes, within Plated’s 25-35 minute range.  I also learned what lemongrass was- I had heard of the term, but never actually knew what it was.  I don’t know how much it enhanced the pork, but I did include a closeup of it.  My husband thought this was his 3rd favorite Plated meal ever, behind the Thai Coconut Khao Soi and  the Blood Orange Wild Sockeye Salmon with Brown Butter Gnocchi.

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Plated Baked Gnocchi with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Spring Salad

This wasn’t a bad meal, but it wasn’t a GREAT meal either.  It was WAY too saucy, there wasn’t enough gnocchi to soak it all up.  Also, the pictures show a super cheesy pan, from the sad picture below you will see that was impossible with the amount of cheese given.  Thank goodness I had mozzarella on hand to supplement!

It took me a about 50 minutes, Plated said it would take 35-45, so not too far off.  One thing I did not like doing was crushing the tomatoes by hand.  Since the can had been in the fridge, they were really cold and it was just an odd texture.  Making the sauce though, apart from tomato crushing was kind of fun.  Seeing everything come together and taste delicious is always an enjoyable experience.   I also liked making my own salad dressing, and that is definitely something I could see myself doing in the future.  It was a decent meal and a good learning experience.

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