Crispy Beef

All I can say about this dish is ‘heavenly’. As previously noted, I tried the Crispy beef at the Cheesecake Factory the other night. With that said, when I love a dish, I attempt to recreate it, and I believe I did just that. It was ridiculous how simple this dish was to make.

I used a carne de asada beef that I purchased from El Rey. I then sliced the beef pretty thin and massaged it in a 1/4 cup of cornstarch and let sit for 10-15 minutes. A simple note, if you never been to El Rey in Milwaukee, WI, go. It is a wonderful place, has two locations, and not only a great place to eat, but to shop for fresh produce and meats.

Once the meat is setting in the cornstarch, heat about 4 cups of canola oil to medium to high heat.

Figuring out the sauce was a bit of a challenge, however it was a bit salty, had ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. Heat a pan with a 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add ginger and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add sliced carrots and fresh green beans. Add water and mix in some brown sugar to build thickness and some sweetness, and cook for a few minutes until you build a sauce. Remove it from the heat. During this time, feel free to chop a couple of scallions, thinly, for garnish and flavor.

The oil should be ready, so add the beef and cook until the edges become dark and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on some paper towel to drain the the remaining oil from the beef. (I salted the beef at this time for my kids to try as the sauce is pretty powerful). Add remaining beef to the oil, and continue with this process.

Place pan of sauce back on a burner on low to medium heat and add the beef. Throw in the scallions, and cook until warm. Transfer the beef to a dish and serve with rice.

Ingredient breakdown:

* Amount of beef to your desire
* 3 green onions
* 2 TB garlic
* 1TB minced ginger
* 1/2 cup soy sauce
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cornstarch
* green beans
* sliced carrots
* rice


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