Kushikatsu, or kushiage are breaded and deep-fried meat or vegetables on skewers. Kushi means skewers in Japanese. They are easy to eat and usually served with dipping sauce. This recipe uses pork and onion, but you can use your favorite ingredients.
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb pork fillet, cuto into about 1/2 inch thick, bite-size pieces
- 2 medium onion, cut into about 1/2-inch thick wedges
- 1 large egg, beaten
- all purpose flour and panko breadcrumbs for dusting
- vegetable oil for frying
- bamboo skewers
- tonkatsu sauce or mixture of Worcestershire sauce and ketchup for dipping
- karashi mustard (optional)
Thread pork on bamboo skewers, alternating with onion. (place 1 or 2 pork slices on each skewer.) Sprinkle salt and pepper over the ingredients. Dust with flour, dip in egg, and cover with breadcrumbs. Place skewers in a flat pan and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Heat oil for deep-frying in a large pan to about 340 degrees F. Fry the skewers until the pork is cooked through. Serve tonkatsu sauce and karashi mustard on the side. If tonkatsu sauce isn't available, mix about the same amount of Worcestershire sauce and ketchup for dipping sauce.