Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's For Dinner Wednesday: Mongolian Beef

I am not a big beef eater but the rest of my family is so I try to find recipes that please us all.  This dish is a favorite of ours at restaurants.  The beef is crispy and tender and the sauce is spicy-sweet.  It is delicious and easy to replicate at home with minimal effort, which makes it a keeper for us!


{Mongolian Beef}

{Ingredients}

1 lb of thin sliced steak, we use flank steak or carne asada
1/4 C Corn Starch
1/4 C vegetable oil
1-2 TBS of Panda Brand Garlic Chili Sauce  (depending on how much spice you like)   
1/2 C brown Sugar
1/2 C soy sauce
1/2 C water
1 bunch green onions sliced up

Enough cooked rice for your family

{Directions}

Dry beef slices by blotting with paper towels and place in large bowl. Combine with cornstarch until they are coated, you can use more cornstarch if needed.  Set aside.

In LARGE skillet* combine oil and Garlic Chili Sauce on medium/high heat until oil is hot, stir around so garlic pieces don't burn.  When oil is hot, add beef to pan in one layer.  Cook until beef is brown, making sure not to turn too often.  When beef is browned, remove from pan onto a plate.

In same skillet combine brown sugar, soy sauce and water. Stir and scrape browned bits from bottom of the pan.  Bring skillet to a simmer.  Return beef to pan and simmer lightly until sauce thickens and reduces slightly.  Taste it and see if it needs more Garlic Chili Sauce.

Serve with rice and topped with green onions!  

Hope you enjoy it!

* You don't want to over crowd the pan otherwise your beef will not crisp up, if you only have a smaller skillet do beef in batches.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“The more you know, the more you can create. There's no end to imagination in the kitchen.” 
― Julia ChildParticular Passions: Talks With Women Who Have Shaped Our Times

“Life is an onion - you peel it year by year and sometimes cry.” 
― Carl SandburgRemembrance Rock

“I am three forks away from eating all your food with two homeless guys. It’s too bad I only have a suitcase full of spoons and a bucket of soy sauce.
” 
― Jarod KintzWhenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

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