Chow Mein


Made Chow Mein for supper tonight. Now this was a dish popular back in the fifties and sixties. Not Stir Fry or Asian food as we know it now. I am sure no self respecting Asian ever ate it. However, it was served on many American dinner tables. We all like it so I serve it once in awhile for my family. You can make a casserole out of it, but traditionally it was served over rice and you put deep fried Chinese noodles on top. I can still buy these here. Canned or in cello bags which are crunchier. This recipe works equally well with left over chicken or pork, but the traditional way is with ground beef. Molasses is needed for the flavor.
Beef Chow Mein
Makes: 4 servings
INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
1 (16-oz.) can bean sprouts, drained
1 (8-oz.) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 (4-oz.) can Mushroom Pieces and Stems, drained
1 3/4 cups beef flavored broth *
1 (2-oz.) jar diced pimientos, drained
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons molasses-add one at a time tasting before adding more
1/2 teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
4 cups hot cooked rice
chow mein noodles for top
DIRECTIONS:
1. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.
2. Add celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, broth, pimentos, soy sauce and ginger; mix well. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, blend cornstarch and water until smooth.
4. Stir cornstarch mixture into beef mixture. Cook until mixture is bubbly and slightly thickened. Serve over rice, top with chow mein noodles. If desired, serve with additional soy sauce.
NUTRITION INFORMATION:
1/4 of Recipe: Calories 705 (Calories from Fat 340); Total Fat 38g (Saturated Fat 10g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 1460mg;
*If you do not have beef broth, bullion cubes work, but they will make it saltier. I have many times used chicken broth which works well.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Hi...we'd love to hear from you.