Beef Tips and Rice

I adapted this recipe from South Your Mouth blog.  She calls this dish Stewed Beef and Rice, but around our house we call this beef tips and rice.  This is yet again, a dish I had never had before I started dating Big Daddy.  Now, with both of my parents being from Avoyelles Parish,  we had rice and gravy several times a week.  And beef, pork, grillades, smothered chicken would be the main course with the rice and gravy coming right along with it.  Beef tips aka stewed beef are not the same thing.  The gravy is thicker and I find the flavor to be a little more concentrated.  It would definitely be filed under comfort food and if you have never had beef tips and rice before, it really should be on your list for this week or next.  It’s that good.  

ImageOh yeah…they are as good as they look.  For a long time I kind of made do with some packaged gravy mix and some stew meat.  Then Mandy at South Your Mouth made my world a better place by giving me an official recipe that does not involve a packaged gravy mix and I did a happy dance.  Definitely work a little extra effort, and truthfully, this is a pretty simple recipe.  I hope you will give it a try!! 

Beef Tips and Rice

1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat 

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

14 ounce can beef broth

1 envelope beefy mushroom soup mix (the recipe called for onion soup mix but I rather beefy mushroom) 

1 cup of water, divided

2 tablespoons, cornstarch

Heat oil in a stockpot over medium heat.  Season your stew meat with salt and pepper.  Throw the seasoned stew meat into the skillet and give it a good stir once or twice.  Your goal here is to get the cubes of beef nice and brown on all sides.  This takes about 4 minutes.  Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and put it in a bowl, set aside.  

Meanwhile, back at the stock pot, whisk together the beef broth, soup mix, and 1/2 cup of the water. Stir in the stew meat and cook over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours.  Do not let the pot reach a full boil or your meat will get tough.

After the meat has stewed in the liquid for about an 1 1/2 hours, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Raise the heat under your stockpot and bring the broth mixture to a boil.  Add cornstarch to a small bowl an whisk in remaining 1/2 cup of water until smooth.  Pour cornstarch water into broth, bring it back to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.  Reduce your heat to low.  When the liquid has stopped boiling and has thickened, put stew meat back in the pot and give it a stir.  Let the meat “stew” (I guess this is where this dish got its name from…whole lot of stewing going on) in that flavorful liquid for about 5 minutes.  Serve over white rice.  (And if you are country, or married to a country boy like me and therefore country by marriage ha ha serve alongside homemade cornbread, purple hull peas and boiled okra (when in season) and of course sweet tea.  It really is so very good.  


Pioneer Woman’s Simple Sesame Noodles

So a few weeks ago, it was a cloudy Monday before the kids started school and I was at a loss about what to cook.  I knew I didn’t want to go to the store with all 4 kids in tow and I am trying to get out of the habit of running to the grocery store every day because, well…it is time consuming and expensive.  Part of becoming a more seasoned cook is learning to cook something yummy with what I have on hand.  I needed inspiration and when I need inspiration, I turn to Pinterest or one of my cookbooks, and usually it is one of the PW’s cookbooks.  I also knew I was in the mood for something filling, tasty and utterly beautiful in its simplicity.  Simple sesame noodles fit that bill.  Image

See that bowl of deliciousness? Yeah…I am going to tell you how to make your own.  They are so easy.  

Simple Sesame Noodles 

12 ounces, thin noodles, cooked and drained (you can use rice noodles, linguine, angel hair, vermicelli…I used linguine)

1/4 cup soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar

3 Tablespoons pure sesame oi

1/2 teaspoon hot chili oil 

4 Tablespoons canola oil 

4 whole green onions, sliced thin

Whisk everything, except for noodles and green onions, together in a bowl.  Adjust the chili oil and sugar according to taste.  

Pour sauce over warm noodles and toss to coat.

Sprinkle those diced green onions all over those deliciously coated noodles and toss. Serve them in a bowl and prepare yourself for bliss.