Thursday, December 29, 2011

Beef Stir Fry

This is a simple stir fry that "cheats" by using an Au Jus packet for making the beef sauce.  We really like it. 

Beef Stir Fry
1 lb. beef, cubed
2 c. chopped carrots
1/2 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped celery
3/4  c. shredded cabbage
vegetable oil for frying

Sauce ingredients:
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. Asian seasoning
1 packet (1 oz.) Au Jus mix (we used Western Family brand)
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 c. cool water
1 Tbsp. oyster sauce (opt.)

Prepare vegetables and set aside.  Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk and set aside.  Heat oil in a wok or skillet and stir fry vegetables for a few minutes, then add the beef and stir fry until it is cooked through.  Add sauce to the pan and heat and stir until sauce thickens.  Serve over rice or noodles.

Notes:  I use Pampered Chef's Asian seasoning.  If you don't have any, you could substitute some garlic powder and ground ginger, or, you could serve this over plain ramen noodles and use part of the seasoning packet in place of the Asian seasoning. Taste for saltiness.  Add more or less soy sauce to taste. You can vary the vegetables to suit your taste too.  I think it would be easy to use a bag of California mix frozen vegetables with this.

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