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« on: March 22, 2018 07:13:28 PM »

Made some Thai food with American flair.  It's not terribly traditional, but it was really great.  I made a beef stir fry with thai basil, sticky rice, and an Americanized peanut sauce.  If you can find sticky rice at an asian market, grab it.  You steam it instead of boil, so it sticks together and you can make a ball to dip in the peanut sauce.  It's something even my picky kid will eat.

Thai Basil Beef

1.5 pounds New York strip steak
2 TBSP avocado oil
2 tsp cornstarch
salt and pepper to taste
4 cloves minced garlic
1 thai chile thinly sliced OR 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBSP peanut butter
1 TBSP fish sauce
1 cup thai or regular basil
4 cups stir fry vegetables

Cut steak into strips against the grain.  Season with salt and pepper and coat with the cornstarch.
Heat skillet over high heat, add avocado oil and sear meat on both sides.  Set browned pieces aside on a plate.
In same skillet, reduce heat to medium, add vegetables, garlic, chiles and season with salt and pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.
Add beef back into skillet.
Add soy sauce, peanut butter, and fish sauce.  Let simmer until the sauce reduces and thickens.
Add basil.  Remove from heat and toss the basil into the hot stir fry until just wilted.
Serve immediately.  Great paired with Thai Sticky Rice.

Thai Basil Peanut Sauce

One 13.5 ounce can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP fish sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp thai basil

Put everything into a medium sized, heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, wisking constantly.
Let the mixture simmer for 3-5 minutes over low heat.  Be careful to not let the mixture scorch at the bottom.
Take the pot off the heat, let the sauce cool down and serve.
(To make it more traditional you can add about 1/4 cup Thai Massaman curry paste...I omit this as I don't like the flavor)
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2018 01:54:54 PM »

This looks delish and it's gluten free so my honey can eat it. What a great sounding peanut sauce too, yum yum. Bookmarking!

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018 03:02:36 PM »

Thai is my new favorite food!!


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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018 03:20:15 PM »

Thai is my new favorite food!!

Yay! I love Thai.  One year I asked for sticky rice and mango instead of birthday cake. lol
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