My brain is still on vacation mode right now. I got back home on Tuesday from a 5 day trip in Florida with my family. I missing the sunshine and warm weather already, it has been a little dreary here since I got back. I will do a post about the trip, and share some pictures soon!
Now about this recipe. It is so so good, and it comes together quickly so it is a great weeknight meal.
Garlic and jalapeno (I scraped the seeds out) are added to the pan, and then the beef is cooked down. Then add the basil! Sadly I didn't have Thai basil, but regular basil worked just fine.
The beef is served over brown jasmine rice, that is cooked in water and coconut milk. This is by far my favorite way to cook rice now.
The sauce and slaw are prepped and ready. I did my slaw a bit differently than the original recipe, and it still turned out great.
The carrots add a nice color and crunch to the dish. And the basil makes it taste so fresh. I will definitely be making this again!
[recipe title= "Thai Beef with Basil and Coconut Rice" servings="4" time= "About 1 hour"]
- 1 cup brown jasmine rice
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 cup water
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat combine the rice, coconut milk, and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
Thai Beef with Basil:
Slightly adapted from Shutterbean
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (remove seeds if desired)
- 1 lb ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 3 cups fresh basil, chopped and divided
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
- 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the jalapeno and garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the ground beef, and season with salt and pepper. With a wooden spoon break up the beef, and cook until nicely browned and cooked through completely (8-10 minutes). Add the stock and 2 cups of basil, cook until the basil has wilted (about 2 minutes).
- In a small bowl toss the carrots, scallions, remaining basil, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of oil.
- In another small bowl mix the soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of lime juice until the sugar dissolves.
- To assemble layer the rice, beef, and then the slaw. Drizzle the sauce on top, and enjoy! [/recipe]