* Healthy * Weeknight Winner *
I must be having serious Asian cravings this week, because we have eaten it every night so far! I found this recipe in a very old copy of Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen and the ingredients intrigued me. Turns out, it’s pretty simple to toss together and the flavors are like a KAPOW in your mouth! Whole family loved this – my 2-year-old son ran off with the fried tangerines and refused to share.
I love recipes like this – they are so loaded with flavor and heat that you don’t realize you’re actually eating something pretty healthy. But don’t tell anyone!
Stir-Fried Beef with Tangerines, Green Beans, and Chiles
Courtesy of Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen
1 egg white
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 tbsp cornstarch
Sea salt and ground white pepper
1 lb boneless beef top round, sliced paper-thin against the grain
3 cups peanut oil
1 tangerine, unpeeled, sliced in paper-thin circles
2 tbsp cornstarch
1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, minced
4 dried red chiles
¾ lb green beans, halved on the bias
¼ cup Chicken Stock
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar or balsamic
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white, sesame oil, five spice powder, and cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. Add the beef, toss to coat in the marinade, and stick it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. In the meantime …
Pour the peanut oil into a wok (or large sauté pan) and place over high heat. Heat the oil to 350°; this will take about 15 minutes. Toss the tangerine slices with 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. When the oil is smoking hot, quickly fry the tangerine slices for about 4 minutes. Frying the tangerine first removes the bitterness from the skin and the slices become crispy so you can eat them whole. Carefully remove the tangerine slices with a strainer to drain on a paper-towel-lined platter; their shape should remain intact.
Bring the oil back up to the smoking point and add half of the beef. (If you fry all the meat at once the oil temperature will drop and the beef will stew instead of crisp.) Fry for 2 minutes and then remove to a paper towel to drain; repeat with the remaining beef. Very carefully drain all but ¼ cup of the hot oil into a heat-proof container. Stir-fry the ginger, garlic, green onions, and chiles in the remaining oil until they perfume. Add the green beans; season with salt and pepper. Mix the chicken stock with the remaining tablespoon of cornstarch and add it to the wok. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Simmer until the sauce is thick and the beans are tender, about 10 minutes. Return the beef and tangerines to the pan and coat. Scatter the sesame seeds on top. Serve with steamed rice.
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