Skewered Beef & Vegetables

We had such a fun and busy weekend.  I love weekends like that, but it also makes me dread the work week even more!  Thankfully this is a short week, due to Independence Day falling on a Thursday.  If only I had a 4.5 day weekend, like my incredibly lucky husband.  I think that means he should do all the cooking Wed-Sun.  In any case, we went downstate for the weekend to visit my husband’s dad and stepmom.  On Saturday, while the boys went to a New York Mets game, I visited an old friend (we’re talking 22 year friendship) in Manhattan, and it was a great day of catching up, visiting, eating, and shopping.  We ate lunch at Muk Eun Ji in Koreatown, which was delicious!  I ordered chicken bibimbap, which was also delicious!  It was my first time eating it, however I have a few recipes for it laying around (surprise, surprise).  If anyone plans to be in Manhattan in the near future, definitely stop here.  Below is a picture of my lunch!


After lunch, we walked from Koreatown to Chelsea, in order to shop at the Chelsea Market.  It is a foodie’s dream.  I bought several goodies there, which will surely make appearances on this blog in the near future.


In any case, shortly before our weekend away, I made this simple skewered beef recipe, and it was wonderful.  I have to admit that it’s one of the most flavourful beef steak meals I’ve ever cooked, Asian or otherwise.  The meat was so perfectly juicy and tender, and just so…well…flavourful.  A flavour explosion, if you will.  This is perhaps also because I doubled (or tripled, I’m not sure) the liquid ingredients.  The original amounts would barely even touch the beef, so I added a lot more.  The pictures below show the amount of marinade the original recipe called for vs. the amount of beef.


Additionally, I omitted the rice cake sticks from this recipe, as I had quite an issue finding them…I went to two grocery stores before realizing at 10pm the night before making them, I can only find them at an Asian or Korean supermarket, and I had run out of time.  I would like to try those down the road, so I’ll just have to find another recipe that showcases them (for a future Test It Tuesday!).  If you know of any, please let me know!

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This was a fast and easy meal.  I threw the beef in the marinade before leaving for work in the morning, we skewered the beef after work that evening, threw some green beans on the grill, and dinner was done in less than 10 minutes.  Love it.

WW value of everything on my plate: 7


Skewered Beef

-1lb tender beef, cut into strips (I used chuck grilling/broiling beef)
-3tbsp soy sauce
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-3tbsp sesame oil
-1tbsp sugar
-1tsp freshly ground black pepper
-6 green onions, cut into 2in long strips
-1 package rice cake sticks

-If you are using bamboo/wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for at least 30mins prior to grilling.  Supposedly you are also supposed to cover exposed wooden ends with tin foil, as well (see one of the pictures above).
-Put the beef in a medium bowl, add the soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, and black pepper, and toss to combine, making sure all the beef is coated with the marinade. Let sit for at least 20 minutes (I marinated mine while I was at work, for about 9hrs, I’d say that as a minimum, or 24hrs maximum).
-Thread beef, green onion, and rice cake stick alternately on each skewer.
-Grill on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side.  Serve immediately.


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