Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Curried Mince

Working my way through the freezer, just pop your hand into the boxes of frozen meat and pull out a package, and it's surprise!!.
Today we had 250g of mince is great for lots of dishes, usually meatballs of one description or another, maybe a meatloaf........but what if you just don't feel up to cooking much?? well then the fall back is either Spaghetti Bolognese or Curried Mince the latter is even simpler than the old Spag Bol.

Easy Curried Mince for the two of us
Firstly, chop about 2 cups Vegetables, I used

corn from 1 cob,
1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped
100g green beans, chopped about 1/2" long
1 med brown onion, chopped
3 button mushrooms, chopped into small dice
1 carrot, chopped into small dice
you can use any other vegies you have on hand, broccoli stalks are particularly great if the family doesn't like broccoli, they are completely disguised and bunk up the nutrition of the dish.
 250g beef mince
1/4 small Jar Asian Green Curry Paste - or to taste
3/4 400g can coconut cream
2 cups cooked long grain rice - more or less according to your likes or what you have on hand.

Place a saucepan on medium heat and spray inside with a bit of oil
Add the 250g beef mince, stirring until just starting to colour
Add the chopped onion and continue to stir occasionally until beef is browned and onion is becoming translucent.
Add 1/4 Jar of Green Curry Paste ( about 3 really heaped teaspoons full) this is definitely a 'to taste' ingredient, we like it reasonably warm and spicy.
Stir until fragrant - the strength of the fragrance will give you an indication of how spicy the dish will be.
Add the chopped vegies, stir to coat with paste
Add the coconut cream, stir
Lower heat and simmer until meat and vegies are tender, approx 10 mins
add the cooked rice, stir through and serve

you can squeeze a wedge of lime over each serving if you like
Sprinkle a little chopped coriander over the top is another option
or both
or not

Enjoy with a cold beer.
Not too shabby and very easy
oh yeah....lots of leftovers to go on toast for brecky the next day.

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