May 14, 2013

Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Trying to cut back on take-out food. Yes, I know how silly that sounds.

I have to admit: I don’t always make the healthiest of choices when I’m ravenous, strapped for time and ordering something online. Anything with melted cheese and 2500 calories is fair game then. Also, it’s pretty expensive—especially in the Netherlands.

So I’ve been working on creating several quick dinner ideas. Those are the best, really, good food on the table in no time with minimal effort. Stir-fries are really high on my ‘delicious, healthy and fast’ dinner list so a stir-fry it is. One with a mildly creamy black pepper sauce that packs a lot of punch.

Are you as glad as I am asparagus season started again? Been waiting for so long.

Let’s cook!

 

Stir-fry:

14oz/400gr quality steak
1 pound green asparagus
2 shallots
5 large mushrooms
1 small garlic clove
2 tbsp oil
salt & pepper to taste

 
Sauce:

1 cup beef broth
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2/3 tsp black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
1 tsp cornstarch (whisked with some water)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp creme fraiche
1 oz butter

Directions:

 
Technically you don’t have to peel green asparagus. When I stir-fry them I always do. Your call.
 

Coarsely chop the shallots. Mince the garlic. Clean and slice the mushrooms and turn the asparagus into bit-sized pieces.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

This is a really good cut: petite tender (beef shoulder) but use what you have on hand. Thinly slice it and lightly season with salt and pepper.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

 

The petite tender is known as Diamanthaas or Jodenhaas in the Netherlands.

 

Grab a saucepan and combine the broth, ground ginger, black pepper, lemon juice and worcestershiresauce. Bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Heat a wok or non-stick stir-fry pan and add 2 tbsp oil. Add the beef strips.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Quickly brown the steak. Because of the high heat and thin pieces of steak, this goes really fast.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

 
Transfer the beef to a plate and use aluminium foil to keep it warm.
 

Add the asparagus and give them 3 to 5 minutes while continuing to stir them. These were pretty thick!
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Gives you time to finish the sauce with a tbsp creme fraiche, the cornstarch and a knob of butter. Season to taste.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

 
Don’t let the sauce boil anymore after adding the creme fraiche! Just keep it warm.
 

Add the onion and keep stirring for an extra minute.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

In with the mushrooms and garlic. Add a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

And pretty soon the asparagus are tender and your kitchen smells utterly divine.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Put the beef in with the stir-fry and give it a few seconds to mix.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

 
Serve with rice, skillet baked potatoes, pasta or even mashed potatoes! Whatever makes your skirt fly up, it’ll all taste delicious. Serve the sauce on the side.
 

This is such a quick and delicious dinner.
Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry

Beef & Asparagus Stir-Fry
Ingredients
    Stir-fry:

    14oz/400gr quality steak
    1 pound green asparagus
    2 shallots
    5 large mushrooms
    1 small garlic clove
    2 tbsp oil
    salt & pepper to taste

    Sauce:

    1 cup beef broth
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    2/3 tsp black pepper
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
    1 tsp cornstarch (whisked with some water)
    1 tsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp creme fraiche
    1 oz butter

Directions
    Coarsely chop the shallots. Clean and slice the mushrooms and turn the asparagus into bit-sized pieces. Turn the steak into strips and mince the garlic.

    Grab a saucepan and combine the broth, ground ginger, black pepper, lemon juice and worcestershiresauce. Bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Heat a wok or non-stick stir-fry pan and add 2 tbsp oil. Add the beef strips.
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    Quickly brown the steak. Because of the high heat and thin pieces of steak, this goes really fast. Took about a minute for me. transfer it to a plate and keep it warm. Add the asparagus and give them 3 to 5 minutes while continuing to stir them.

    Finish the sauce with a tbsp creme fraiche, the cornstarch and a knob of butter. Season to taste. Keep it warm but don’t let it boil anymore now. Add the onion to the stir-fry and keep stirring for an extra minute before adding the mushrooms and garlic. Once the mushrooms are soft, add the beef to the stir fry and mix it all up.

    Serve with rice, skillet baked potatoes, pasta or even mashed potatoes! Serve the sauce on the side.

Meal type: Main Course, Beef, Stir-fry
Servings: 4
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