Friday, February 17, 2012

Spicy Thai Beef and Jasmine Rice

I turned to a spicy Thai dish for tonight's dinner and although it was a Thai inspired recipe, it could have used a little more spice for us. This recipe started with browning some lean ground beef and then adding some chopped onions, scallions, garlic, crushed red pepper and some soy sauce. After allowing that mixture to cook briefly, I added some carrots, red peppers, Jasmine rice, water, fish sauce and a little more soy sauce. Once everything came to a boil, I reduced the heat and covered to simmer for 20 minutes. Once done, I stirred in a good amount of chopped cilantro and it was ready to serve.

This dish was very good, but we found it was perfect with a few dashes of hot sauce.

Spicy Thai Beef and Jasmine Rice
Adapted from

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup Jasmine rice
2 tablespoons soy sauce (plus more to taste)
1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add beef and saute until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add onion, scallions, garlic, crushed red pepper and 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Saute another 2 minutes. Add carrots, red pepper, rice, 2 cups water, fish sauce and remaining soy sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add cilantro and mix well.

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