Recipe adapted from Today’s Cooking
My husband’s co-worker gave us persimmons harvested from her own tree…my favorite, Fuyu variety with no seeds. As child, I would climb on a stone fence and snatch one…maybe two from neighbors. Some persimmon varieties are very astringent and inedible yet I knew the way to remedy the problem – peel the fruit leaving the stem intact then string it to dry in the sun. They turned very sweet…where did you get those? I don’t know why my mother bothered asking the question when she already knew the answer? I’m sure the neighbors would have gladly gave us of the abundance of the fruits since they can’t eat them all but perhaps pretending to be a shinobi (忍び /incognito) girl was thrilling…occasional scratches and bruises were part of the occupational hazard.
I like to eat these like an apple, maybe with cream cheese though, I would like to venture out for savory dish. Again I’m on the internet, search for savory persimmon recipe. Today’s Cooking caught my interest. Luckily, I have almost everything to make it happen and it seemed very easy. I also love the speedy clean-up at the end of the meal!
Ingredients and Instruction for two servings (Print Recipe Here)
- 4 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari soy sauce
- 4 Tablespoons mirin
- 4 Tablespoons sake
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 10-12 green beans, cut both ends off, then cut in half
- 300g boneless chicken thigh (about 2 chicken thighs), cut in one inch cubes.
- 1 Tablespoon flour or cornstarch for gluten free version
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 fairly firm persimmons (Fuyu variety recommended), cut in 4ths, peel skin (remove seeds if they have) then slice in 1/2 inch slices so that it will be a triangular shape.
- 1/4 cup shelled walnuts, roughly chopped if they are whole
- Juice from 1 kabosu (かぼす) Note: I was not able to find this type of citrus, I substituted lime and satsuma orange.
- Mix sauce ingredients in a measuring cup or small bowl. Set aside
- Ready ice cold water in a bowl. Blanch green beans in salted (approximately 1 Tablespoon salt to 3 cups of water) boiling water about 1 minute. Drain water then quickly submerge the green beans into the prepared cold water bowl. When the green beans get cold, remove the beans. Set aside.
- Lightly coat chicken with flour or corn starch. Heat oil in large non-stick frying pan at medium heat. Brown chicken until golden in color.
- Push the chicken to the side of the pan and spread persimmons in the rest of the pan. When browned, flip over to brown the other side, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Add blanched green beans and walnuts to the pan and stir.
- Pour in the prepared sauce, simmer at low heat until sauce thickens. It takes only 1-2 minutes so keep an eye on it so as to not let it burn.
- Squeeze lime and orange juice in. Stir. Serve warm.Voila!
Other persimmon recipes we tried and I posted on Instagram(#todaystapas,#todayssweets) are great I think.
Caramel persimmon and banana bread…next time I have to double the recipe and would like to share with neighbors…I follow the Japanese recipe and barely filled 3x5 pan. No-wonder Japanese people are skinny (me not included).
Persimmon Bread by my husband….so many persimmons so little time. Next stop - Angie’s Persimmon Streusel
My mischievous Shinobi girl days are long gone…I can’t climb any fence over 3 feet tall now.