Thursday, August 23, 2012

P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

This is another one of those recipes that I found on Pinterest and have been wanting to try for a while now.  Let me just say, it is really good.  Kind of sweet, a little spicy and totally worth the extra effort rather than dumping sauce on some meat and calling it "stir fry".  I know none of you have ever done that.  No, I haven't either.  Riiight. 
Start by thinly slicing a large steak.  I think I just used a sirloin steak.  I like to put it in the freezer for a half an hour or so before slicing, it makes my life a lot easier.  Dump some cornstarch on it.
Give it a toss.  Set it aside for now.
Get to work on the sauce.  Add some canola oil to a sauce pan on medium high heat.
Chop garlic.
Add to pan.
Grate in some ginger.  Note that the light is super harsh right after work, take picture anyway. I was hungry people.  Let the garlic and ginger cook a bit.
Add brown sugar
Water
Soy sauce
And a few shakes of red pepper flakes.  Let this bubble away while you work on the meat.
Preheat a large skillet or wok on medium high heat with a little canola oil.
Add the meat and stir fry this until your desired doneness.  We are a fan of medium well for stir fry.
Add the sauce and stir together.  Don't worry, it will thicken up a bit from the cornstarch on the meat.
Plate over rice and serve with veggies.
I made Szechwan green beans.  They were good but not great.  Still looking for an awesome recipe.  If you have one, send 'er over.

P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef
2 teaspoons (or so) canola oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
A few pinches of red pepper flakes
canola oil for frying
1 lb flank or sirloin steak, sliced thin
1/4 cup corn starch
green onions, chopped for garnish

In a medium sauce pan on medium high heat, add the canola oil garlic and ginger.  Let this cook for about 2 minutes while stirring constantly so the garlic and ginger doesn't burn.  Add the brown sugar, water, soy sauce and red pepper flakes.  Let this come to a simmer and reduce the heat to low while you work on the meat.

In a large bowl, add the thinly sliced steak and corn starch.  Toss to coat.  Preheat a large skillet or wok on medium high heat.  Add a drizzle of canola oil.  Take the meat and add it to the skillet/wok.  Stir fry until your desired doneness, we like medium well for stir fry.

Pour the sauce over the meat and stir to combine.  The sauce will thicken due to the cornstarch on the meat.  Cook longer if you want a thicker sauce.

Serve over a bed of rice, top with green onions and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: here




7 comments:

  1. That's a lot of sauce! What green bean recipe are you using?

    You can try Christine's Recipes version http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2010/10/stir-fried-green-beans-with-minced-pork.html

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    1. Um, weird spacing in my above comment? haha

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  2. That looks fantastic!!! Can't wait to try it.

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  3. Just made it and it was great!!!! Thanks!

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  5. We love this spicy green bean recipe:
    12 oz fresh green beans
    1- 3.5 oz package mushrooms
    2 tbsp sesame seeds
    2 tbsp sesame oil
    1 tbsp Tamari Sauce (soy sauce)
    1 tsp sugar
    2 tsp arrowroot
    1 tsp chili puree with garlic
    ½ tsp crushed red pepper
    2 tbsp rice vinegar

     Steam green beans for about 3-4 minutes
     Combine tamari with sugar, arrowroot, chili puree, red pepper and vinegar. Whisk
     Heat skillet to high
     Add sesame oil, coat pan
     Add green beans, stir 3 minutes
     Add mushrooms and sesame seeds stir till shrooms are soft – approx 1-2 minutes
     Add sauce and cook 2-3 minutes.

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