Meat and Potatoes

My family loves our meat and potatoes. My sister will take a steak over any other meal any time of day (except maybe breakfast… unless you top it with some eggs). Every couple months my mom will claim that she’s “low on iron” and will cook steak for dinner. As for me.. I’ll take my ribeye rare and bloody with a pat of butter.

While we were at Ruby’s for dinner on Tuesday, debating whether or not to take our fries home (which we did not), we all got a craving for stir-fried beef and fries. I took a stab at practicing my knife skills and cut about 5 lbs of potatoes – half into fries and the other half into thin round slices. Mom picked up some top round from the market.. enough for TWO beef dishes… YUM!

Shaken Beef Salad (foreground and background) and Fries and Beef (center)

Recipe #1: Stir-fried Beef and Fries

Ingredients:

  • beef – thinly sliced (we used top round)
  • potatoes – french fry cut
  • onion – sliced into wedges
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil (to fry and stir fry)
  • a little soy sauce – to taste

Recipe:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot or pan (enough to fry the potatoes). Fry the potatoes in batches and drain to remove excess oil. Set aside (in a large bowl or on the serving platter).
  2. Heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a large pan or wok. Add onions and cook for a few minutes. Add beef (seasoned with salt, pepper, and soy sauce). Stir-fry until beef is just cooked through.
  3. Pour cooked beef and onions over platter of fries and toss to combine.
  4. Eat!

Recipe #2: Shaken Beef (Bo Luc Lac) over Salad

Ingredients:

  • beef – cubed (we used top round)
  • 1 onion – chopped approximately same size as beef cubes
  • 1/2 onion – thinly sliced half moons
  • salt, pepper, seasoning of choice (mom uses some garlic herb mix she picked up from Costco)
  • soy sauce
  • butter
  • red wine vinegar (or any other vinegar you have on hand that IS NOT white vinegar)
  • sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • butter lettuce – cleaned and torn into manageable salad-sized pieces
  • cucumber – partially peeled and sliced

Recipe:

  1. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add EVOO and sliced onions. Stir to combine. Adjust to taste (this is your dressing).
  2. Marinate beef cubes in seasoning, salt and pepper, and soy sauce.
  3. Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and saute until cooked. Once cooked, transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Reheat another tablespoon or so of butter in the same pan over high heat. Add beef cubes (in batches if needed) and sear all sides (do not over cook). Once browned, transfer to onion bowl. Toss to combine.
  5. Arrange lettuce and cucumbers on a large platter (or two if you must). Pour vinaigrette/dressing over salad. Then pour beef-onion mixture (and ALL liquids) over salad.
  6. EAT!

Mom also brought home a SodaStream Genesis from a friend. So Anni made “homemade” rootbeer. It was.. interesting.. It will be fun to make our own sodas with Torani syrups.

Adding "fizz" to the water..

Adding "flavor" to the fizz...

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