Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Red curry stir-fry
This is so good, I can't stop making it!
Mix together in a small bowl and set aside: Mix together in a separate small bowl:
- Appx 1 lb. meat, sliced very thin against the grain
- Vegetables of your choice (bell pepper, onion, snow peas, eggplant, carrots, mushrooms, cooked potatoes, etc.), chopped/sliced into bite-sized pieces
- 2 oz. fresh basil (about 2 C), stemmed and coarsely chopped
- Mix together and use to marinate sliced meat for at least 10 minutes and no more than 1 hour:
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1-1/2 tsp. red curry paste
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp. coconut milk
- 1/2 C chicken broth
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- Heat 1 tbsp. cooking oil (not olive oil) in a large nonstick pan or wok on HIGH heat.
- Add meat in batches to avoid overcrowding and stir-fry until browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe out inside of pan with a paper towel.
- Add 1 tbsp. cooking oil to pan. Add onions, if using, and stir fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add any hard, crunchy vegetables you may be using (carrots, eggplant, bell peppers) and stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until half-cooked.
- Add softer vegetables (mushrooms, snow peas, cook potatoes) and stir-fry for a couple more minutes or until mushrooms have softened.
- Push vegetables to the sides of the pan so there's a well in the middle. Place garlic/curry paste mixture in the middle of the pan and stir constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir vegetables into curry mixture. Add beef and stir.
- Add coconut milk sauce and fresh basil to the stir fry and heat until the sauce has thickened.
- Serve with basmati rice.
- When using coconut milk, you will have almost an entire can left over. You can freeze it in an ice cube tray (each section is 2 tbsp) and keep for later use.
- I always use chicken bouillon cubes mixed with water for stir fry recipes. You can cut a cube in half and mix it with 1/2 cup of water for this recipe.
- I don't always have lime juice laying around, so sometimes I just skip it and the recipe still tastes good.
- You can find red curry paste, coconut milk, basmati rice, and fish sauce in the Asian section of the grocery store. Trader Joe's sells 2-oz. packages of fresh basil.