A Flavorful Dinner Staple
It is so fun to stumble upon an easy, healthful and delicious dinner that I know will be a weeknight staple around here. This recipe will be in our rotation because it pleased every single person in our family, which is not an easy thing to do!
The flavor of this dish is very, very similar to Mongolian Beef, it is sweet and salty and just darn good! Using ground beef makes it quick dinner that you can making in minutes. It is amazing how developed the flavor is in such a short time!
To Substitute Or Not Substitute
It is key to use certain ingredients in this recipe, so be careful with substitutions. The sesame oil adds a flavor that is impossible to get with anything else. The green onions and ginger are also ‘must-have’s’ in this recipe. We are not huge onion fans in this family, but when cooked right, in the right dish, they are amazing.
The substitutions I might make the next time I make this dish is brown rice for white rice, and maple syrup instead of brown sugar — just to make it a bit more healthy.
You just can’t go wrong with a recipe that has such great, fresh ingredients like garlic, onion and ginger. Yum! They are not only full of flavor, but also full of amazing nutrients for the body.
Grass Fed & Organic Please!
I highly recommend using grass-fed beef from a farmer you trust. I cannot tell you the difference in flavor when I buy ground beef from my local co-op, where I know exactly what farm the cow came from. My family can even tell when I substitute cheaper ground beef for organic, grass-fed beef. It is worth every penny of the extra cost. Flavor and peace-of-mind is priceless.
I use and love a handy-dandy rice maker. This is the model I have. It never fails to produce the perfect texture of rice.
Korean Beef Over Rice
1 cup uncooked brown or white rice
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (or maple syrup)
1/4 cup soy sauce ( I used tamari)
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
1/2-1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pound ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, & ginger in a small bowl. Set Aside.
3. Brown ground beef in a skillet, set over medium-high heat. Once cooked, drain off an excuse fat. Add garlic to skillet and saute for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in sauce and half of green onions. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes until well coated and heated through. Garnish with remaining green onions. Serve over rice.
What About You?
What is a dinner staple in your house?
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