Spicy Garlic and Pepper BeefPosted: March 27, 2013
I’d say my spice tolerance is pretty high.
I’m a big fan of spicy foods – okay, maybe not “crying with pain” kind of spicy – but enough kick to really feel its sting. Well, I sure put that to the test this weekend with the spicy garlic and pepper beef that I prepared. With 140+ reviews and a 4.5 star rating on allrecipes.com (recipe here) I had a good feeling that this dish would turn out great.
This Asian-inspired recipe originally calls for shrimp, but I easily used beef instead. You can pretty much use any meat (or soy product!) you’d like and it’ll soak up the rich flavors. I also used coleslaw mix instead of shredding a whole head of cabbage, which was much quicker. One of the neat things about allrecipes.com is that it will alter the ingredient measurements based on how many servings you want to cook. Perfect for when you’re busy in the kitchen.
So, the red pepper flakes. Let me tell you something about those little suckers. This recipe calls for WAY too much of it! I strongly suggest cutting back on your amount. I used less than the suggested amount for three servings, and I still worked up a sweat eating this! I used about 1 1/2 tablespoons, but I probably should have used just under 1 tablespoon.
The cooking time is actually quite fast. It’s better to cook these kind of dishes over high heat for a shorter period of time. It should take about 4-5 minutes for thinly sliced beef to cook.
Overall thoughts: This dish packs a lot of flavor, considering the minimal amount of ingredients used. The cabbage soaked up the sauce wonderfully and added a nice crunch to the meal. If you’re hesitant about using coleslaw mix, don’t worry – you won’t even notice by the time you’re done cooking. I also served this with steamed rice, which tastes even better with the sauce drizzled on top. My only complaint is the amount of red pepper flakes. I was able to eat this, but I could have definitely used a little bit less spice.
Have you cooked something similar before? Let me know!