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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mongolian Beef and Sesame Green Beans

This recipe has become a regular at our dinner table. It's easy -- you can easily put it together in under 30 minutes, in less time than it takes for the rice to cook  -- and the flavors are a winner with all my family. The recipe is modified from Cooking Light.

The Sesame Green Beans are a recipe I have been making for years. I first ate them at my friend Gina's house and all my kids eat them. They are a great side with the Mongolian Beef and steamed white rice.

Mongolian Beef
serves 4-6

2 T lower-sodium soy sauce
1 t sugar 
1 t cornstarch
2 t dry sherry
2 t hoisin sauce
1 t rice vinegar
1 t chile paste with garlic (I use Sriracha)
1/4 t salt
2 T vegetable or peanut oil
1 T minced peeled fresh ginger
1 T minced fresh garlic
1 pound sirloin steak, thinly sliced across the grain 
8 medium green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces 

Combine first 8 ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger, minced garlic, and beef; sauté for 2 minutes or until beef is browned. Add green onion pieces; sauté 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.

Serve over white or brown rice.

Sesame Green Beans

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and washed
1 T. vegetable oil
1 t. sesame oil
1 t. sesame seeds
1/2 t crushed red pepper
salt to taste

Cook green beans in hot water until just tender (or if you are using a rice cooker with a veggie basket use that - that's what I do). Drain and set aside until serving time.

Just a few moments before serving time, heat vegetable oil in a skillet. Add beans and cook on high heat for several minutes tossing a few times. Add sesame seeds and crushed red pepper. Drizzle with sesame oil and salt to taste.


Jmhhsp313 said...

This recipe sounds like something I'd love to try, but I always get confused when I see "Rice Vinegar" as an ingredient as it seems that the store has a sweetened and unsweetened version. Can I presume you mean the unsweetened type? Thanks for your help!


scmom (Barbara) said...

the rice vinegar I have is Roland brand seasoned rice vinegar. It has crushed red pepper in it and brown sugar is the last ingredient!

Janice said...

Sounds great! Thanks so much for the follow-up!!! Can't wait to try it!

Jenn King said...

This looks/sounds great! It's now on our menu to try next week.