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Drunken Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Yield 5 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Most Thai dishes are named after the main ingredients or cooking techniques. But occasionally, a dish has a playful or poetic name, such as this one. Serve over jasmine rice.

Ingredients

  • Drunken Paste:
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons minced bird chile or 2 1/2 teaspoons minced serrano chile
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped galangal or peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh lemongrass
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced, or 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • Stir-fry:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 cups (1-inch) diagonally cut green beans
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 202
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • fat 9.2 g
  • satfat 3.7 g
  • monofat 3.5 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 20.2 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 45 mg
  • iron 2.7 mg
  • sodium 1100 mg
  • calcium 50 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare the paste, combine the salt and minced garlic in a mortar and pestle, and pound to form a paste. Add chile, galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves, one at a time, until each ingredient is incorporated into paste.

  2. To prepare stir-fry, heat a wok or large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add paste, and stir-fry for 30 seconds (fumes may cause eyes and throat to burn slightly). Add beef; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add beans; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar; stir-fry for 1 minute or until beef reaches desired degree of doneness. Stir in basil.

  3. Wine Note: Here's a great example of a beef dish laced with lots of green flavors - in this case, lemongrass, lime and basil. A Sauvignon Blanc, itself sporting green notes, would pair wonderfully with this dish. Try Jepson Sauvignon Blanc 1999 (Mendocino County, California; $11).