Tag Archives: week night meal

Recipe: Quick Korean Beef

16 Sep

It’s so easy to pick up the phone and order takeout from the Asian place around the corner. Mr. Bacon and I used to do it all the time before we moved out to the country. The restaurant was literally around the corner so it would take about 15 minutes from the time we made the call till the time the delivery guy was knocking on our door.

While it might be a simple way to put dinner on the table, it’s not really cost effective and you’re more likely to cave and get something deep fried. Instead, try this recipe out. It packs a spicy, sweet and savoury punch, takes about 10 minutes and is crazy cheap.

Thanks to Lizzy Writes for the recipe.

Quick Korean Beef

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1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
fresh ground pepper
3 green onions, sliced

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and garlic in the sesame oil. Drain most of the fat and add the remaining ingredients except for the green onion. To make it really quick, use pre-minced garlic and ginger in a jar. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavours to marry.

Serve on a bed of rice topped with the green onions.

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Recipe: New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

20 Aug

When I first made this recipe (based on this from Return to Sunday Supper) I knew it’d be a keeper. Since then I’ve made it at least three times and have been asked for the recipe twice.

So for those who asked, and for those who haven’t yet experienced the spicy, savoury goodness of these BBQ shrimp, here it is. Make sure to have a loaf of good quality bread to sop up the sauce with.

I serve mine with an oil & vinegar coleslaw and sometimes boiled new potatoes to make a complete meal. It makes for a super easy week night dinner (since it’s assembled ahead of time) or a great company dish.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp | baconavecbacon.com

1 pound frozen uncooked shrimp (I use PC Raw Zipperback Pacific White Shrimp)
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 tablespoons Heinz Chili Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
1 tablespoon parsley (fresh chopped or dry)
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot sauce
5-6 cloves garlic, minced (I use two heaping tablespoons of bottled minced garlic)
1 lemon, sliced

Thaw the shrimp as per package instructions and remove the shells.

In the microwave, melt the butter in a large cereal bowl and then add the remaining ingredients except the lemon and the shrimp. Return to the microwave and cook for another 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool while you place the shrimp in a single layer in either a 9×13 pan or two 8×8 pans.

When I’m doing this on the BBQ, I like to use disposable foil pans for ease of cleanup and so my ‘good’ oven pans don’t get damaged. If you’re opting to use the oven, any glass or metal pan will do.

Pour the slightly cooled mixture on top of the shrimp, stir to coat all sides and top with the lemon slices.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When ready, bake on the BBQ or in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. When done, the shrimp will be pink and have curled up. Be careful not to overcook!

When the shrimp are ready, I bring the whole pan directly to the table and set it on a wooden cutting board so guests can serve themselves and dip pieces of bread directly into the sauce.

NOTE – As is, the recipe has a little heat to it, but those of you who like fire may want to add a squeeze of sriracha.