Oriental Trading-Weeknight Meal

Today we are infusing a little Asian into our world of normal. 

So we are taking this......

And turning it into this.......

I know how hard it is to get a meal out on the table during the week but this recipe is simple and quick. You can prep the meat a few days ahead and pull it out when you are ready. Make sure you store the beef in a air tight container and use within a few days. If not, freeze it and use when you are ready.

First the marinade for the beef:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup teriyaki sauce 

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 of a small red onion

2 green onions

Mix all of those ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut your beef into chunks. I wasn't specific with beef because I feel as though marinating any meat will tenderize it. I chose a rib eye that I found on sale. Make sure to always cut against the grain to ensure a more tender bite...

Sprinkle your meat with a little salt and pepper. Dump your meat into the bowl with your marinade and massage your meat with the juice.....:)

Let your meat sit and let's get started on the mashed potatoes.

3-4 potatoes(standard baking potatoes)

1 cup cream(half/half)

1/2 stick of butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup white cheddar cheese

Peel potatoes and cut them into cubes.

Place potatoes in pot and cover them with salted water. Potatoes should be fully submerged in water. Bring the water to a boil. Boil until potatoes are fork tender. Meaning they should be slightly soft but not falling apart.

Once they have reached that state strain all of the water out of your pot and place potatoes into a bowl.

Add all of your ingredients into the bowl and smash with a whisk until smooth. ( see pic above)

The asparagus will be extremely fast and easy. So fast that you have to keep a careful eye on them.

Asparagus have a white chunk on the bottom of them. This part of the asparagus is extremely bitter. Cut that portion off and proceed to seasoning your green stalks...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Garlic Butter Spray

Spray your asparagus with the Garlic Butter Spray. This will act as an adhesive for your asparagus. Similar to your beef you are going to massage all of your ingredients into your asparagus.

Place onto pan in a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. You have to watch your asparagus so that they will not overcook. You want your asparagus to have a slight crunch to them. Over cooked asparagus are limp and old looking.

Your meat needs to sear in a frying pan for 10 minutes-15 minutes. Turn meat at your 7 minute mark.

Once your meat is cooked to your liking. I personally like to see a little pink in my meat....Now it's time to plate it up.

I garnished the meal with a few slices of cantaloupe to bring in more of the Asian flare into your meal. Any type of melon will do the trick....

Enjoy!

Chef Jelisa

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