Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spicy Orange Beef

This is one of the fastest and easiest meals I know how to make. About 20 minutes start to finish, provided you've either bought stir fry beef or had your butcher cut it for you. Dot's Market keeps a little sliced sirloin (right behind the stew beef) for stir fry. It's about $5 per pound, and worth every penny. The sugar snap peas are readily available at Kroger or any supermarket for around $2 per self-steam bag. Everything else is stuff we usually have on-hand - yes, even the ramen. I detest the stuff as it's meant to be served, but Mr. FvF loves that shit. Besides, it's good on it's own for use in stir fry in place of rice, so I don't object to keeping some around.

Spicy Orange Beef

1 lb stir fry beef
1 15 oz can beef broth
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 closed minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 pkg ramen noodles
1 bag steamable sugar snap peas

Start by browning your beef. I usually cook it over med-high heat with a little sesame oil, soy sauce and salt. The sesame oil adds tons of flavor. Cook it only to mid-rare or medium, as it will continue to cook and you'll add it back to the pan briefly at the end. Slide it all onto a plate and store it in the microwave or oven until you're almost done.

Don't bother draining the beef drippings, and add your beef broth, teriyaki, garlic, ginger, marmalade and cayenne and bring this all to a boil. Reduce the heat a bit and add your ramen (works much better if you break it up beforehand), cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add your snap peas and cook for another 2-3 minutes (covered), then add your beef, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Toasted sesame seeds make a killer garnish and add a nice texture variation.


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