Saturday, August 16, 2014

Korean Bulgogi

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The summer is coming to a close with Labor Day weekend just around the corner and kids starting school (if not already). Given this, my friends and I wanted to take advantage of the perfect grilling weather this weekend. Since we are huge fans of Korean cuisine, we figured a Korean Grilling Party was in order! The dish that took center stage was the Korean Bulgogi. Paper thin cuts of marinated beef and pork hit the grill giving off a delicious aroma of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, sugar and sake just like traditional Korean BBQ...

A Korean inspired grilling party was the perfect theme to get out of our usual hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, and steak rotation. It was such a delicious way to gather our friends and enjoy the remaining time we have of summer! Along with our bulgogi, we had quite a spread of Korean favorites including Korean potato salad, scallion kim chee, japchae noodles, pickled cucumbers, mandu dumplings, wakame salad and daikon & carrot salad.

One of the most important ingredients to our Korean grill party was Mazola Corn Oil. I used it in the bulgogi marinade along with other dishes such as preparing the potato salad, japchae and frying up our mandu dumplings. We also used Mazola Corn Oil to prep the grill grates so that our bulgogi wouldn't stick! 



Why grill with Mazola Corn OilDid you know most grills are too hot for olive oil to handle? Corn oil has a high smoke point, meaning it’s ideal for your marinades and protein on the grates, and won’t burn or leave a bad taste. More importantly, it’s a better-for-you way to grill – a recent study found corn oil lowered LDL or “bad” cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil.

Need recipe inspiration? From Spicy Grilled Watermelon to Grilled Guacamole and even a Grilled Bloody Mary, Mazola has dozens of summer recipes sure to turn up the heat, not to mention they give a high-five to your heart health. 

Mazola wants to be your summertime companion – perfect for spicy marinades and unique grilled recipes (Banana Split on the grill, anyone?) To encourage you to incorporate Mazola Corn Oil in your grilling adventures, I'm hosting giveaway for an Ultimate Grill Kit from Mazola! A lucky reader will receive:
·         Mazola Corn Oil
·         Mazola BBQ apron
·         Stainless Steel 3-piece Grill Set from our friends at Weber Grills
·         Fun, four-way measuring spoon

To participate in the giveaway, share your favorite grilled food in the comments below. A random winner will be selected by the end of the weekend, chosen by Sunday, August 17th and sent the Mazola Ultimate Grill Kit! In the meantime, here's the recipe to the bulgogi recipe we enjoyed!


Disclosure: I was provided product samples and additional compensation, but any opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts.


Korean Bulgogi
original recipe

4-6 pounds ribeye or pork, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup Mazola oil
3 cups soy sauce {or GF tamari}
4 cloves garlic
1 cup sugar
1 cup sake


Place the beef or pork in a shallow baking dish or gallon sized storage bag.
 
Add remaining ingredients in a blender and puree to create the marinade. Reserve 1 cup of marinade for serving.

Pour the remaining marinade over the beef in the baking dish or in the storage bag. Cover the dish/seal the storage bag and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat a grill. Remove the beef from the marinade and cook on a hot grill for 4-6 minutes on both sides. Serve over rice and with reserved marinade.



To help set an ambiance, especially with the summer drawing to a close, we also enjoyed some mood lighting on the backyard deck! These Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights are perfect for use as lighting. The lights are strung on a very thin wire with 60 very small LED bulbs that are about size of the rise grain and are intensely bright. With steady 360 degree viewing angle they illuminate in every direction. They are easy to hide, give beautiful true color and use fraction of energy needed by regular light strings. The lights span a length of about 21 feet - longer than many string lights out there. In fact, these lights can even be used all year round from the summer porch to decorating through the holidays. The lights also use less energy and are battery operated, making them a great economical choice too!
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