Beijing Beef (Takeout Fake out Panda Express)

 

Who doesn’t love Chinese takeout? I know I am a huge fan when I am not in the mood to cook! I love to eat it right out of the takeout box- I think it tastes better that way. When I am in the mood to cook, I like to make “takeout fake out” Chinese food recipes. One of my favorites is this crock-pot Beef and Broccoli. I make that recipe all the time and I think my husband is starting to get sick of it! So it was time for a new takeout copycat recipe. This recipe for Beijing Beef is super delicious! It requires a little bit of patients because you have to fry the beef in batches, but the result is wonderfully crispy and tender pieces of steak tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. Serve the beef with white or brown rice or if you are feeling extra adventurous mix up a batch of homemade fried rice. Enjoy!

Beijing Beef (Serves 4)    

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb flank steak, sliced into thin strips
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch, for dusting
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 medium bell peppers (one red, one yellow or green), sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced

Marinade

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Cut beef into thin strips. Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add beef slices and marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. While beef in marinating mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate.
  3. When the beef is done marinating coat the beef slices with 6 tablespoons of cornstarch. Remove any access cornstarch and deep fry (either in a deep fryer or wok) beef slices in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Add a couple tablespoons of oil to the wok and add minced garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds. Add red and green bell peppers and onions and stir fry for 4 minutes. Remove vegetables and set aside.
  5. Pour sauce into the wok and heat until boiling. In a serving dish add beef and vegetables and coat with the sauce.
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Creamy Sausage, Tortellini and Spinach Soup

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Ground Hog Day was this week and that pesky little ground hog did not see his shadow, which means an early spring this year. I for one find that very difficult to believe since it has been snowing none-stop in Park City for the last month in a half. Back East however, it sounds like a different story. My mom said there were maple syrup bucks on some of the maple trees already it has been so warm. Well since I am buried under mounds of snow out west and the temperatures have been in the single digits- it has been soup weather here. A few night ago I had planned on making this recipe for chicken and tortellini soup, however when I got home I realized I didn’t have some of the ingredients. I decided to improvise with what I had and the soup turned out to be amazing! The combo of chicken sausage and tortellini is filling and makes for a hearty meal. Don’t forget to grab a warm piece of french bread to mop up the final bites! Stay warm, 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped yellow onion
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 package Aidells Portobello & Swiss Cheese chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, sliced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 9 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 4 oz fresh spinach (4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken sausage and brown for 3-5 minutes. Add onion and mushrooms and cook for 3-5 minutes before adding the garlic and sauteing 1 minute longer. Add in chicken broth, oregano and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot with lid and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. While chicken sausage is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly 1 minute. While whisking vigorously slowly pour in milk. Season with salt and pepper and bring mixture just to a light boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Add tortellini to soup in pot, cover pot with lid and allow to boil over medium heat about 7 minutes (or time directed on package) adding in spinach during last 1 minute. Stir in white sauce and cream. Serve warm with parmesan cheese.

*If you can not find Aidell’s chicken sausage you could use any kind of Italian sausage, just be sure the sausage is cooked all the way through. Or substitute sausage for 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken.