Thursday, February 11, 2010

Beef Stir Fry (a)

I like stir fry. i think in a former life i was asian. i get withdrawl when i dont eat asian for a while, i can eat m'n'ms with chopsticks and i like rice. anyways, back to stir fry, i tend to make it on three occasions:

1) when i have alot of random vegetables in my fridge that need to be used
2) when i have to make food fast for alot of people
3) when i need to restock the freezer

its pretty easy to make an edible stir fry. but to make an AMAZING

(im actually not overreacting here, it was unbelievably good)
stir fry (only takes 20 minutes to make), you need this recipe here....

(best ever) Beef Stir Fry (feeds 5 people easy)

400-450g beef strips
1/4 c soy sauce
6-7 tbspns lime juice (i just gave it a good couple of splashes)
1/2 c water
1 tspn garlic
1/2 tspn chilli (fresh is best, but i used jar chilli and garlic, worked well)

1 head of broccoli
15-20 string beans
1 carrot
2 sticks celery
1/4 of a pumpkin
1 baby zucchini
4-5 mushrooms
4-5 tbspns fish sauce
2-3 tbspns soy sauce (approx values, i just splashed it around the pan a couple of times)
crushed peanuts

enough rice to feed however many people you had (in my case, 2)

About 2 hours before cooking (or before you go to work) place the meat in a large bowl along with the soy sauce, water, lime juice, garlic and chilli. Mix well and leave to marinate in the fridge. (trust me, marinating the meat MAKES the stir fry)

Start cooking the rice (i use a microwave rice cooker...BEST INVENTION EVER). Preheat a frypan. Chop the broccoli, cut the ends off the beans and cut into thirds, slice the carrot, celery, pumkin and zucchini thinly and quarter the mushrooms. Place a little bit of oil in the bottom of the frypan, drain the marinade from the meat, and chuck the meat in the frypan. Stir, and cook the meat for about 5 minutes. You may need to drain extra juice from the frypan (this speeds things up). Add all the vegetables to the pan, stir and place a lid on the frypan. leave for 5 minutes (may need to stir a couple of times so it doesnt burn). Take lid off, and stir - cooking, for an extra 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and fish sauce, stir well. Rice should be done by now, so place rice and stir fry in bowl. sprinkle with a few chopped nuts!


Store leftover stir fry in small portions in the freezer. for an easy dinner remove, defrost, heat and serve (if you didnt freeze the rice (YES IT DOES WORK!) cous cous is a good alternative)
Add as many different vegetables as you like. Add more or less. Change the veges. EMBRACE the vege revolution and go to town! Use red capsicum, orange carrot, yellow squash, green beans and purple eggplant for a rainbow stir fry for the kids!

and im off to eat leftovers for dinner...yum!!!

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