Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hunan Beef Stir Fry

If you are like me, sometimes you come home from work and don't want to do anything elaborate, but you want to have something tasty for dinner. I have found that when I can prepare part of my meal the night before, it makes it easier to cook when I get home.

This stir fry recipe is so easy and there are a lot of things you can prep the night before. Lets gather some ingredients and do some night before prep work.

The beef needs to be marinated in this simple but tasty marinade. You need some soy sauce, sherry, garlic, and some beef. I am actually using some leftover beef pot roast.

Combine the ingredients.

Pour them over the beef in a ziplock bag. Marinate for an hour, or overnight in the fridge.

You can also prepare your rice the night before and prep your veggies, so all you have to do the next day is fry everything up and reheat the rice.

The rest of the ingredients include mushrooms, carrot, green onion, broccoli, ginger, crushed red pepper and corn starch.

Chop your green onion and your carrots.

Chop the broccoli. (or the broccolaaaay for you SNL fans)

I chose these mushrooms as they are in my 1001 foods to taste before I die book, and they were CHEAP!

Cut off the bottoms and these are ready to go. Everything I have shown so far can be done the night before and stashed in the fridge.

When you are ready to cook the stir fry you have just a few things left to do...

Combine the cornstarch and the water. This will help to thicken your sauce.

Mince up some ginger.

Drain the beef but keep the marinade, that will be your sauce soon. Get it in a hot wok or skillet with some oil, I prefer peanut oil for stir frying. Cook this for a couple of minutes over high heat. Remove it from the wok and set aside.

Add in the veggies, red pepper flakes, ginger, and the mushrooms. As you can see my broccoli is missing. I had steamed it a little bit before hand because I don't like super crisp broccoli in my stir fries. Cook these veggies for about 2 minutes.

Add the marinade and the corn starch and until the sauce has thickened and the veggies are cooked to your liking.

Add the beef back in and get it heated through. Dish it up over some rice or noodles and you are ready to eat!

I love stir fry and this had a ton of flavor but did not take a ton of time. This is a perfect weeknight meal.

1 comment:

  1. Those are such funny little mushrooms! I will look for them... The stir fry looks wonderful - would be better with chicken...