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Try these recipes to explore the limitless possibilities of culinary fusion.

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November 20, 2017 4 min read


Students pursuing a culinary arts certificate online learn to prepare dishes from many different cultural traditions. Crafting fusion dishes is a way to bring some of these remarkable flavors together. Chefs have discovered great results by merging a variety of ingredients and techniques.

Try these recipes to explore the limitless possibilities of culinary fusion:

Add fresh flavor to scallops

“Scallops offer a fantastic opportunity for combining Western and Asian influences.”

Scallops offer a fantastic opportunity for combining Western and Asian influences, as Bon Appetit pointed out. You’ll need 16 sea scallops with their side muscles removed to make this dish featuring an orange-ginger dressing. Prepare the dressing by whisking together orange juice concentrate, white balsamic vinegar, ginger and cilantro, sprinkling in salt and pepper.

Spread crushed coriander seeds on a plate. Season the scallops with salt and pepper before pressing them into the coriander on either side. In a skillet, warm extra-virgin olive oil on medium-high heat and add the scallops.

Cook the scallops for two minutes on either side or until they are golden brown. Plate the shellfish with baby greens and pieces of a navel orange. Pour the dressing over the dish.

Merge Mexican and Italian comfort foods

Here’s an eclectic and hearty option that’s perfect for a chilly night: Delish suggested stuffing enchilada ingredients into pasta shells. Begin by cooking jumbo shells until al dente and draining.

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil on medium heat and season with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour in two cups of enchilada sauce and canned green chilies. Cook for about five minutes or until the sauce slightly thickens.

Combine shredded pieces of rotisserie chicken with the sauce, a Mexican cheese blend, cilantro, salt and pepper. Place sauce at the bottom of a casserole dish. Stuff the chicken into the shells and position in the dish, topping with more sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour.

Enjoy classic South Asian spice and German tradition

Currywurst is a beloved street food that calls for topping a grilled sausage with a curry-flavored ketchup. The Spruce provided directions so you can make your own version of this late-night favorite. Plus, you can find other great uses for any leftover curry ketchup.

Start preparing the sauce by sauteing chopped onion and apple in oil. When the onion is translucent, add chopped garlic, stirring as it cooks for the next minute. Deglaze the pan with a half cup of water.

Add a can of tomato paste, curry powder, honey, allspice, vinegar, ginger, pepper and a bay leaf. Heat to a boil and then simmer for half an hour or until the sauce reduces to your preferred consistency. Take out the bay leaf and smooth out the mixture with an immersion blender.

Grill links of sausage: Bratwurst, knockwurst or traditional frankfurters all work well for this dish. Serve with the curry ketchup and french fries.

Wrap up Korean-style pork in a taco

Bulgogi is a highlight of Korean barbecue, consisting of marinated, thinly sliced pieces of beef or pork. The only way to make this delicious meat even more satisfying is incorporating it into a taco, as recommended by Posh Journal

This recipe involves cutting pork tenderloin into 1/8-inch-thick pieces. Mix the marinade by whisking soy sauce with rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar and pepper. Allow at least half an hour for the pork to marinate in the refrigerator.

Brush oil onto a grill pan and set it on high heat. Place the pork on the pan, stirring constantly. When the meat cooks through, remove from heat and chop into smaller pieces.

Place the pork on tortillas, topping with mango, lime, jalapeno, red cabbage and cilantro. Pour the remaining marinade into a saucepan and heat until it thickens. Then, finish off the tacos by drizzling on the sauce.

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