I love so many things about this recipe! This dish includes our favorite Asian ingredients, and everything is simple enough to be found in most grocery stores. The fact it's made with ground beef instead of a more expensive cut of meat makes it a really great alternative to the pricier meats when you are craving Chinese food. Best of all, you can make this recipe start to finish in less than 20 minutes. I've served the beef over rice, wrapped in lettuce, and on top of a salad.
I've made this Cheater Korean Beef for dinner four times over the past month. It was the perfect dinner for busy nights after we'd spent the day packing, or unpacking, after our move this month. My kids all cheered when they saw it on the stove last night, even after eating it so many times recently.
COOK'S NOTE: This dish reheats wonderfully. I've learned to double the recipe every time I make it. The beef freezes well too, just skip the green onions and sprinkle them on the top when ready to serve. Cheater Korean Beef is pretty much the ultimate in flavorful and frugal make-ahead meals.
Cheater Korean Beef
recipe adapted from Very Culinary
Yield: 4 servings
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 pounds ground beef
3-4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, cut into tiny matchsticks
1/4 cup light brown sugar2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup soy sauce
2-3 teaspoons chili paste
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
Optional: 1 cup frozen peas
3 green onions, sliced thin
Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown the beef until cooked through, crumbling it as it browns. Drain thoroughly, then add the garlic and ginger and cook another minute or two until fragrant.
Whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, and chili paste. Pour the liquids over the beef, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes to blend the flavors and slightly thicken the sauce. Add the peas, stir and simmer a minute longer. The peas will thaw and warm in the hot skillet. Enjoy!
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