Confession time: we order Chinese food at least every other week. We’d probably order it every week, but we always have lots of leftovers.
I know, I know. I’m a food blogger. Why order take out when I can whip something up myself? But truth be told, I just haven’t been able to replicate some of my favorite Chinese dishes at home. There’s a place near us that makes awesome fried rice. Mmmmm….
Anyway, I’m getting off the point. This past week, I tried an orange sesame beef recipe, which I modified from from an orange beef recipe I found in Sandra Lee’s cookbook. I just got this cookbook for Christmas and I love it – last week, I also made these Chocolate Kahlua Souffles from her cookbook.
The result? Pretty darn good. Jeffrey even took some to work for lunch the next day, which is how I know he likes something. When he wasn’t thrilled with dinner, he leaves the leftovers for me and buys lunch instead!
Tired of take-out? Try this recipe to make orange sesame beef at home.
- 1-2 pounds flank steak
- 1/2 cup flour
- vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- sesame seeds
- Cut the beef into strips. Season with salt and pepper, dredge in flour, and fry in small amount of vegetable oil over high heat until crispy. Remove from heat.
- Reduce heat to medium and add garlic to the pan. Saute until fragrant.
- Add marmalade, 1/2 cup of beef broth, and soy sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes.
- Mix cornstarch into remaining broth, whisking to remove all lumps. Pour into pan to thicken the sauce.
- When sauce has thickened, add beef to it and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Serve over rice, noodles, or vegetables.
If sauce doesn't seem thick enough for your taste, dip out a 1/2 cup and whisk another teaspoon of cornstarch into it. Then, pour back into rest of the sauce and all to simmer for another 2-3 minutes before adding beef.
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