Banish ground beef doldrums
Asian-flavored treatment brings back taste buds
Ground beef with Asian slaw: An Asian-flavored treatment for ground beef on Epicurious.com inspired this quick and tasty dish. We added a crispy slaw to round out the meal.
Maybe that aversion was really boredom. Because when I stumbled upon an Asian-flavored treatment for ground beef on Epicurious.com, the flagging spirit and taste buds were stimulated. To the umami-rich dish I added a crispy slaw, featuring a vinaigrette scented with one of my favorite tastes, sesame oil.
From this exercise in tinkering, you can riff on your own. Bok choy would be a good sub for the slaw, either finely sliced small heads, or chopped and briefly sauteed larger heads. Orange or tangerine juice would be sweet subs for the lime. How about some toasted ground peanuts on top?
Ground beef with Asian slaw
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Note: The sauce is adapted from a spicy beef salad on Epicurious.com.
2 cups water
1 cup white rice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon each: Worcestershire sauce, sugar, soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 pound lean ground beef (or chicken, turkey or pork)