Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Beef with Noodles and Vegetables

So, THIS is one of those things I had to stop eating so I would have enough for the photo! I put this recipe together using Gainey Vineyard's Pear Balsamic Vinegar and it completely transforms this basic sauce from good to WOW! No kidding. As per dear husband's request, I WILL be making (and devouring this one again....and again....and again). Definitely a winner.

Beef with Noodles and Vegetables

1 ½ - 2 lb. flank steak, sliced in 1-inch strips
2 Tbsp. corn starch
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 Tbsp. cold water
1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
1 Tbsp. Canola oil
½ c. low-Sodium Soy Sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 ½ Tbsp. light brown sugar
2 ½ Tbsp. Gainey Vineyard Pear Balsamic Vinegar
1 med. carrot, sliced thinly
1 med. zucchini, sliced thinly
1 c. broccoli florets
Sesame seeds (optional)
10 oz. pkg of Chinese noodles

Place beef strips in a large bowl.

In smaller bowl, stir together corn starch and garlic powder in water until dissolved. Pour over beef strips. Turn meat over to coat each piece with corn starch mixture.

Heat sesame and canola oils in skillet over medium heat. Add meat to the hot skillet and cook until each strip is browned using tongs to turn.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine soy sauce, ground ginger, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Use a whisk to fully incorporate ingredients. Set aside.

Pour about 4-5 cups water in medium-large pot. Heat to boiling and cook noodles according to package instructions.

Place sliced carrots, zucchini and broccoli in small plastic bowl. Add about a cup of water to bowl. Partially cover and microwave on high for about 3-4 minutes.

Once all meat is browned, remove each piece to a plate and drain remaining juices from the pan.

Return the meat to the skillet and pour soy sauce mixture over the top. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for about 30 minutes or until beef is tender.

To serve: place a good amount of drained noodles in serving bowl. Spoon steamed vegetables over noodles. Add several strips of beef over vegetables and spoon desired amount of sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

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