Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pre-prepared stir fry

The idea of this is you can prep everything ahead of time and clean the kitchen. You will only have a few bowls to wash in the end.

In a pot boil enough rice for your diners.

When rice is done to your taste, rinse quickly in cold water
**This will stop further cooking (and cut down on stach and stickiness).
Set aside until dinner time.

In same pot you cooked rice, on med heat
2 tsp vegetable oil
about 1/2 cup of thin soup noodles 1"ish (or broken spaghetti)
about 1/2 cup chopped almonds, cashews, pecans or pistachios

Essentially you are going to fry these noodles creating vermicelli!
Watch carefully and when you start to see colour, remove from heat
or you will have VERY well done noodles....) and cool/drain on a paper towel.
Set aside until it is dinner time.

On a large plate
dice up a cheap steak into small cubes
**You can use chicken, pork or sausage as well
Set aside until it is dinner time

In bowl #1
diced carrots, corn, water chestnuts
**Any hard core veggies that need extra time cooking
Set aside until it is dinner time

In bowl #2
diced peppers, onions, celery
**Any veggies that cook VERY quickly and loose there crispness if overcooked
Set aside until it is dinner time

In bowl #3
place veggies like bean sprouts or canned mushrooms
** Any veggies that only need to be heated
Set aside until it is dinner time

At this point all prep work is done. You can clean the kitchen, and relax till dinner time. Making this into a dish takes about 10-15 minutes total. Excellent if you are having company.

At dinner time:

In a large pot or wok,
add 2 tbsp oil and heat.
Add meat and stir fry.
Add 1 cup water and the bowl #1 of hard veggies.
Stir fry these on high for about 5 min.

Add 1/2 cup soya sauce
and 1 tsp lemon juice
and 2 tbsp beef gravy mix (powder)
Stir well and reduce heat to med.

Add bowl #2 of veggies
Stir well and stir fry/cook for 2-3 min

Take bowl of rice and start adding
stirring throughout the process
until all sauce has coated the rice.
Turn off heat

Add bowl #3 of quick cook veggies
Stir in and let sit for 2 min.

If serving family style, put entire mixture in a serving bowl
and sprinkle with nut/noodle mixture

If serving individually,
Stir in the nut/noodle mixture

This was lovely the second day reheated as well. the noodles held their crunch!

Serve with egg rolls or fried noodles.

"Bon Appetit!"

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