Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Buffalo Ginger Stir Fry
Now, I've been known to menu plan, get busy, and let meat go bad. Not often, but often enough that my husband tends to keep a close eye on stray foods. The buffalo steak was no exception. Nearly every day I was reminded that it was there. And every day I reminded him that it was safe in the freezer. Yet I knew that he would sleep better at night after it became part of a meal. But what can you do with one steak?
In my previous life, i.e. my life before children, this would have been an easy question to answer. Meat should be an accompaniment to foods, not the star of the show. And a good way to do that is with a stir fry. Then enter Mr. Finicky, our 3-year-old, who eats meat like a little blond T-Rex and can see microscopic bits of green from across the room. Oh boy, this might prove to be difficult. So instead of wasting my time with too many vegetables, I made a stir fry with edamame and bok choy. I knew he'd eat the edamame and I figured I'd give the bok choy a shot. You can substitute the vegetables with anything you like.
Buffalo Ginger Stir Fry
3/4 cup beef broth
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp vegetable oil, separated
1 lb buffalo steak, cut into small, thin strips
1/2 bunch bok choy, chopped
1/2 pkg frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup water
rice or noodles to serve with
1. Combine the broth, honey, ginger, garlic and oil in a sealable container and shake vigorously, then set aside.
2. Heat one teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a wok then sauté buffalo until cooked through, about 4 minutes, then set aside.
3. Heat the remaining vegetable oil and sauté the bok choy until greens wilt, about 2 minutes. You may wish to remove the greens and let the whites of the bok choy sauté until they become more tender, approximately an additional 4 minutes. Add cooked edamame and sauce.
4. Once sauce is simmering, combine cornstarch and water, mix well, and add to the wok. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles.
The Verdict: Good but not great.
As I guessed, my son ate everything except the bok choy which he refused to even try. (So much for my "you must try at least one bite" rule.) He had no complaints.
My husband and I didn't have any serious complaints either, other than buffalo is the wrong meat for this dish. I'm not a fan of stir fried beef, period, as I think it makes the meat too tough. But I liked the sauce and the combination of veggies. I would have preferred it with chicken or tofu. My husband felt that buffalo was an unorthodox meat for this kind of dish. He felt that the flavor difference from beef was the wrong combination. (I don't find there's much of a difference in taste, per se. I feel like buffalo is just a "better" version of beef.)
So could I have found a better use of that buffalo? Probably. Honestly, the best use would have been to buy a second steak and eat it Amir (my preschooler dinosaur) style. Grilled medium, paired with mashed potatoes. Sometimes simple is better.