Sunday, December 11, 2011

Quick and Easy Overnight Stir Fry

Y'all when I threw this together the other night I'd had a couple glasses of wine and had no idea if it would even be edible the next day. It seems I've replaced my sipping and clicking habit with sipping and marinading as this was the exact same way I came up with my Broken Spoke Pork Chops.

Anyway, all you do is throw all of the marinade ingredients and beef together in a ziploc, chill overnight, then fry up in a wok the next day. It's kind of like frozen food you assemble yourself and is super flexible to your own tastes. If I'd have had red bell pepper, I'd have added it. And on the contrary, if I hadn't of had any of the post marinade additions (onion, peas, baby corn), I think it would've been lovely just the way it was. Though I'd have missed those damn baby corns...

Baby corns! How do they make them? Where do they come from? When I was little I stayed up at nights worrying that the miniature farmers who harvested them would get washed away in a flood or something. But then again, I spent a lot of time alone as a child...

Quick and Easy Overnight Beef Stir Fry

Marinade Ingredients:
1 lb beef sirloin, sliced thin on the diagonal
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 fat green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 fat/2 small garlic cloves, rough chopped or smashed
2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1 large carrot, sliced into thin rounds
Throw all of the above into a large ziploc, smush around to incorporate, and refrigerate overnight.

Ingredients for Stir Fry:
couple dashes vegetable oil, enough to lightly coat bottom/sides of wok pan
Half of small onion, cut into 1/4 inch thick slivers
1/3 cup frozen peas
large handful of baby corn, plucked and drained from a jar
Cooked white rice, for serving.

Assemble marinade ingredients and chill overnight in the fridge or at least 8 hours.

When ready to cook, heat a wok or large rimmed skillet over medium/high heat and add enough olive oil (not extra virgin) or vegetable oil just to coat the bottom generously. Let heat through for 1 minute, then add the sliced onion and saute, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes, just to take the 'bitter' off. Add the contents of the beef marinade (all of it) and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the beef is mostly cooked through. Stir in the peas and let heat through, another 2 minutes or so. Finally add in the baby corn and cook another minute.

Serve over white rice.


Jenn said...

Hhhhmmmmmm... I used to wonder about the small baby corn too when I was a kid!! lol We could have at least put our heads together on that one if we had lived closer to each other!! lol
The stir fry sounds lovely! I am so all about the ease too... perfect for a week night!

StephenC said...

You've gotten my attention with this stir fry. I'll be looking for a good deal on a bit of steak. (Also, I'm out of soy sauce ... oy.)