Recipe Review: Blue Apron Harissa Chicken Skewers with Khorasan Wheat & Persimmon Salad
Thursday, December 15, 2016
We made the Harissa Chicken Skewers: www.blueapron.co
for yesterday's dinner. It was delicious! Here are our impressions:
1. Once again, the instructions say to add salt and pepper very often - I was very careful and conservative when salting/peppering the dish.
2. Neither hubby nor I had tried persimmons before. It's an orange fruit with a pulpy inside, and has a pleasing earthy-sweet taste. It worked REALLY well in this dish. The recipe didn't say to peel the persimmon, but parts of the peel were very tough, so I peeled those parts. It worked out fine in the end.
3. This recipe is more reasonable in calories (510 per serving), and has a better protein to carb ratio (more protein, fewer carbs) than the shrimp and pasta dish.
4. The harissa paste is VERY hot, so use with care if you don't like spicy food. I only used a half teaspoon for the whole recipe
5. The Labneh cheese used to marinate the chicken and as a dipping sauce was a little rich for us. When we make this again, we'll use Greek yogurt instead of the Labneh.
6. I never would have thought to mix a sweet fruit like the persimmon with a grain and green. It was a terrific combination. You could use any greens/grains/sweet fruit that you like, but I think a creamy fruit like the persimmon would work best because of the texture.
We'll definitely make this again, probably with brown rice because that's what we usually have on hand. I can see experimenting with quinoa, whole wheat couscous, kasha, or other grains.