Ground Beef & Green Beans
This is my go-to dish when I want something hearty but not fussy to make. And there's always enough leftover the next day for a good lunch, plus the ingredients don't cost much!
- 1/2 lb ground beef/pork
- 1 lb green beans, chopped into 1 cm segments
- 1 - 2 garlic cloves, chopped or diced, whichever you prefer
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp cold water
- 1 1/2 tsp corn starch
- Crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: 1 tbsp oyster sauce
Cook the meat in a pan or a skillet till just browned. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Set aside on a plate. Use a paper towel to wipe off any access bits. Make sure oil/fat didn't drip down the side of the pan before setting it back on the stove.
Using the same pan, heat oil on medium heat. Add garlic, let it sizzle for a bit til fragrant. Combine cornstarch, soy sauce and water in a bowl or cup and set aside but keep handy.
Add beans and stirfry till they turn a little darker green. Carefully add the chicken stock and fry a bit more till the stock starts to bubble/boil.
Quickly stir and mix the cornstarch/water/soy sauce concoction making sure there are no clumps of starch. With one hand, carefully pour the mix into add to the bean/stock mix, all the while stirring with your other hand. Lower heat once everything's been combined and starts to thicken. Taste, and add a bit more soy sauce if you want.
Add the meat back into the pan and stir everything together. Season to taste. Dish it up and serve with rice. I also like to add a sunny-side-up egg on top.