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.


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

  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 ( I am your newest follower!

  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!

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

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

  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

  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!

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

  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.

  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.


  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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