Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Mongolian Beef

Today I am going to share with you a new recipe we tried for dinner. The girls loved it and so did I! The only thing I would change next time is to add a little less soy sauce. It came out a bit too salty. Then again, that might just be because I reduced the sauce down a bit too much. Oops!

When I went to the store I was unable to find any flank steak. I ended up using Flat Iron Steak instead. Other than that, I had all the other ingredients on hand.


Mongolian Beef Recipe
(from www.pinkbites.com):
makes 2 servings

You will need:

1 lb of flank steak, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup of cornstarch
3 teaspoons of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger (about 1/2 inch piece)
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic (about 2 -3 large cloves)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 large green onions, sliced crosswise into thirds

Prepare the meat:
First, make sure the steak slices are dry (pat them dry) and mix them with the corn starch. Using your hands or a spoon, move them around to make sure all pieces are coated. Place beef slices in a strainer and shake off excess corn starch (see picture bellow).

Make the sauce:
Heat half of the oil in a large wok at medium-high and add the garlic and ginger. Immediately add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar and pepper flakes. Cook the sauce for about 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Don't worry if the sauce doesn't look thick enough at this point. The corn starch in the beef will thicken it up later.

Cook the meat and assemble dish:
Turn the heat up and add the remaining oil to the wok. Add the beef and cook, stirring until it is all browned (this is a quick thing). Pour the sauce back into the wok and let it cook along with the meat. Now you can choose to cook it down and reduce the sauce or leave it thinner. Add the green onions on the last minute so the green parts will stay green and the white parts crunchy.

Serve it hot with rice.


Tomorrow I'll be posting a couple of new layouts that I have been working on so make sure you stop by. Happy Tuesday!

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