Hot Sesame Beef
This recipe came out of my “frame>by>frame Quick & Easy Cookbook”. While it was easy, it was a little messy, so I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as quick. With my cooking, I’m trying to branch out and choose recipes that I wouldn’t usually choose. Read: just because my mom didn’t cook stuff like this growing up doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give it a go! Anyways, this one was a huge hit. Ian was practically salivating just looking at the cookbook. I bought a pricier hunk of beef than I normally would, but wow, it was so tender and delicious. If you’re not worried about money, it’s worth it! Also, heads up: this is not hot by my standards (which are wimpy when it comes to spicy food), but if you have kiddos I probably wouldn’t cook this for them!
Serves 4, Prep Time : 30 min., Cook Time : 30 min.
1 lb. beef tenderloin, cut into thin strips (opt: freeze for 1 hour before to slice easily)
1.5 tbsp sesame seeds
0.5 cup beef stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp grated ginger (or ginger juice - expensive, but a time saver if you cook Asian food!)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded & thinly sliced
1 fresh red chile, finely sliced
1 tbsp chile oil, to taste
salt & pepper
wild rice, to serve
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1. Chop all vegetables as specified in ingredients list.
2. Cook wild rice according to package directions.
3. Mix the beef strips with 1 tbsp. sesame seeds.
4. Heat 1 tbsp. of the sesame oil in a wok. Stir-fry the beef for 2-3 minutes. While it’s cooking, do step 5. Remove and set aside beef. Pour any extra liquid out of the wok.
5. In a separate bowl, stir together the stock, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch.
6. Heat the remaining sesame oil in the wok, add the broccoli, bell pepper, chile, and chili oil and stir fry for 2-3 min.
7. Stir in the stock mixture, cover, and simmer on medium-low heat for 2 min.
8. Return the beef to the wok and simmer until the juices thicken, stirring occasionally. Cook for an additional 1-2 min. Sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds and season to taste with salt and pepper.
9. Serve immediately over the wild rice and garnish with cilantro. Yum!