It only took one bite to know that this recipe would become a regular in my kitchen. Traditionally Thai dishes don’t use ground beef but since I have two very busy little boys I needed to make it easy and affordable. Ground beef or beef strips, this recipe is a show stopper. The flavor is savory, spicy, and sweet. I think the fresh basil is really the highlight here. It adds a crisp fresh element that really blew us away. We spooned the beef over a mound of brown rice that added a nice chewy texture. We declared that from now on we will be doubling this recipe because two dinners just isn’t enough!
Serves: 5 Calories: 423 per serving (includes 1 cup brown rice) Time: 25 minutes
- 10 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil, I used Canola
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
- Black pepper to taste
- 4 teaspoons brown sugar (light or dark)
- 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1-2 cups basil, I used 1.5 cups of basil from my garden
- Brown rice, cooked (optional)
- If you’re serving with rice start cooking your rice now.
- Crush garlic with the flat blade of a knife. If you have a mortar and pestle you can use them to make a paste with the crushed garlic, pepper flakes and salt. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle continue using the flat blade of a knife and crush together the garlic, pepper flakes and salt to make a garlic-y paste. Once you’ve made the paste let it sit for a minute or two to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Heat oil in a large pan and cook the garlic paste with shallot for a minute over medium heat.
- Add the beef and continue to cook until just browned, approximately 6 minutes
- Stir in your bell peppers. I like to leave my bell peppers still a little crunchy so I immediately moved onto the next step. If you like your bell pepper more soft allow them to cook for a minute or two before moving onto the next step.
- Add the soy sauce and brown sugar. Cook for a minute or two longer
- Add the basil and cook until just wilted, about a minute.
- Spoon beef over a bed of rice or other steamed veggies. OR eat it straight out of the pan, I will not confirm nor deny that I was tempted..
*Photo is an original belonging to me
*Recipe is adapted from http://www.littlespicejar.com which is an adorable food blog with many many more delicious recipes!