Monday, July 25, 2011

Thai-Style Ground Beef



 The other day I had defrosted some ground beef and didn't know what to make.  I wasn't in the mood for pasta, chili or tacos.  That's about how creative I get with ground beef.  I did my usual recipe search online expecting the same old results - taco pies and stuffed peppers in addition to the above mentioned dishes.   When this Thai-Style Ground Beef recipe from Cooking Light made an appearance.  I love Thai flavors and had most of the ingredients in the house already - I ran out for a leek and made this very flavorful beef dish for dinner.  OK, are you ready for the best part...brace yourself...after dinner was over this is what I posted as my facebook status, "I love when my 5 year old asks for seconds! It doesn't happen often" Yes, Little Man asked for seconds and if thirds were available he would have had some. I served this with some Jasmine rice and  a Tomato and Cucumber Salad.  Enjoy!
What you need:
Cooking spray  or Olive Oil
1 leek, thinly sliced 
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1 teaspoon red curry paste (such as Thai Kitchen)
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
Chopped cilantro
Chopped green onions (optional)
Serve with lime wedges
What you do:
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray or olive oil.   Add leek and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef; cook 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in curry paste and tomato sauce; cook until half of liquid evaporates (about 2 minutes). Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through fish sauce); cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with rice. Garnish with cilantro,  green onions, and lime wedge if desired.


For a Quick Salad I threw together 1 sliced cucumber and 1 sliced plum tomato.  I combined it with olive oil, lemon juice and cilantro.  I seasoned with salt, pepper and cumin.  This a variation on my Cucumber Raita - I just omitted the yogurt.




16 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy! I have never tried Thai food...I just might have to! The salad looks delish too!

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  2. Wow! This recipe sounds very unique and yummy! I think I had given up on googling for ground beef recipes as I always find the same recipes (as you mentioned). Well done! I hope you will share this recipe at my HomeMade Monday Blog Party next week (HomeSavvyAtoZ.com). I am your newest follower!

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  3. That tomato & cucumber salad sounds great! I love those! I'm embarrassed that I asked my mom to make me one recently because I was too lazy!

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  4. I am definitely going to remember this one!!

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  5. yum-o this looks amazing. my mouth is watering! thanks for partying with me!

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  6. Looks like such a yummy way to use ground beef! I'm bookmarking this for later :) thank you!

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  7. Wow something different! This looks just wonderful. I cannot wait to give it a try. Come over and visit us today. We have a great sorbet recipe. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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  8. We love Thai food so much around here. This is another wonderful recipe that you have shared. I'm going to be giving this a try, as well. Thanks!

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  9. I am on an pacific island kick and this is a great idea for ground beef. ill try it, for sure!

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  10. This is a very delicious recipe Danielle. I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  11. I love Thai food, and anything where the kiddos ask for seconds is perfect in my book! Thanks for sharing with Fat Camp Friday, see you next time!

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  12. This beef recipe looks like it would work really well for lettuce cups too.

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  13. Looks Yummy!! More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your thai style ground beef. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  14. I too love the aromas and flavours of south east asian cooking, and quite often have homemade thai red curry paste in my fridge. I will have to ad this to the "to-do" list.

    -h

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  15. This was excellent! My son doesn't like ground meat so I used very small pieces of round steak and it was great. I didn't get the leeks as clean as I should have, apparently, so a couple mouthfuls of the dish were a little "crunchy" from sand. Anyone know the best way to clean leeks?

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