OK, it's date night and for some reason, instead of going out for dinner, you've decided to impress the guy with your cooking.... o dear. Well we all know by now that preparing something really "chef worthy" will always tend to fail so we're not taking up that challenge. Instead, why not make something over which you can bond and is real 'guy-food' such as meat.... starting to get my point?
You know you will be an instant hit as I can not think of 1 girl who wouldn't make the poor guy a salad (with bacon for him), a soup or or maybe even worse.. something vegetarian (Vegetarians out there: please don't take this as an insult! I like vegetarian food a lot but statistically most guys still love their meat).
So we are making the guy home marinated spareribs! If you follow this recipe well you might even end up marrying this guy so if you might have doubts..... don't come knocking.... I told you so ;-)
Here we go, we need:
1 1/2 kg spare ribs, already cut by the butcher
1 onion, sliced in half
1 tablesp. peppercorns
a dash of Japanese soy-sauce
To make the marinade:
2 dl ketchup
1 dl Japanese soy-sauce
1 tablesp. grated ginger
3 tablesp. cane sugar
2 teasp. 5 spice powder
125cl sherry or rice vinegar
Cook the ribs in a large pot for about 30 mins with the onion, the peppercorns and the soy-sauce.
Then, mix, in a large roasting pan, all ingredients for the marinade.
Take the ribs out of the pot and put them in the roasting pan and cover them all in the marinade. Let it cool and marinade. The longer the better.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 Celsius. Take the ribs out of the roasting pan and put them on top of a oven-rack with underneath a deep oven-tray filled with water (this will catch the dripping marinade so it won't make such a mess) or simply use this. Put everything in the oven for about 30 minutes and turn them once or twice.
These spareribs will be as juicy and tender as possible. Serve them with roast or jacket potato and some vegetables or salad. The guy could probably care less about the vegetables but it is just to make it complete.