So, what was cooking in my kitchen today?
BEEF STIR FRY!
For my learning project this week I embarked on making beef stir fry with rice. It took me a while to find a beef stir fry recipe I liked and one that I had all of the ingredients for. I found a recipe on a food blog this week called Natasha’s Kitchen. I strongly suggest you check this blog out. There are tons of recipes that you can search for or find by category. It is a user friendly site that I found to be super helpful!
Now I will show you some of the steps I went through today to prepare my beef stir fry!
NOTE: I had the skillet set to about 250 (medium heat) for most of the time.
First of all I cut up the beef steak I was using into longer, thin strips and then added it to the skillet with 1 tbsp of oil.
Once the meat was partially cooked I added the garlic and spices it called for. In addition I also added paprika and chili powder. I let that sit for about 10 minutes and then added about half of the sauce I was to prepare.
After adding the spices and sauce I waited for about 20 minutes and then added the vegetables (mushrooms, onions, celery, peppers, carrots). You can choose whichever vegetables you like and put them in. The recipe told me to cook the vegetables separate but I just added them to the skillet with the meat and cooked them together. This approach worked out well and less dishes!
Once the vegetables were mostly cooked I added the rest of the sauce and let that cook for about 20 minutes before I changed the setting to warm until lunch. Below is a picture of the stir fry ready to be served with rice.
Overall, the process of making stir fry was not too bad! The recipe I found was fairly simple to follow- I made a few adjustments to it but thankfully it turned out anyway! I think this was my strongest dish yet and the feedback I got from family was great! For the full recipe and instructions click here. Hope you try it, it was really good.
Lastly I want to share with you the kitchen tool I used this week- an electric skillet. This is a great tool because it is essentially a frying pan that plugs in. It has different heat settings, will cook food for a long time without you having to check it often, and you can get a fairly big size. I found this tool very easy to use to make stir fry in because everything could be cooked well in the same place! I strongly suggest you look into buying one of these! Canadian Tire has great deals on them sometimes! Just check out their website or go there.