Thursday, January 13, 2011

Recipe Swap Thursday - Sweet & Sour Hamburger

On Sunday night, I'd planned to make spaghetti but TroubleMaker informed me he wanted RICE! I had a craving for Chinese takeout, but the foot or three of snow we'd had over the weekend had made the streets a nightmare and I knew if we ordered in, we'd likely be waiting hours for it to arrive. So, out of my desire and TroubleMaker's insistence for RICE, this recipe was born...

Sweet and Sour Hamburger with Fried Rice

1 lb hamburger
1/2 green pepper, large dice
1/2 red pepper, large dice
1 to 2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 white onion, sliced into rings
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 rib celery, sliced on the diagonal

3/4 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp flour

1.Scramble fry hamburger in large frying pan or electric skillet (with a lid), keeping the pieces bite size (like small meat balls) until no longer pink.

2.Add onions, carrots and celery. Saute until tender crisp. Add other vegetables and saute a few minutes more.

3.Combine all sauce ingredients in a large measuring cup, whisking to combine until no flour lumps remain.

4.Pour sauce over meat and veggies and stir to combine well. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until firm vegetables (carrots) are soft and broccoli is slightly wilted or reaches desired doneness (we like it quite soft).


We served it with my Fried Rice (a long time family favourite) but the sauce was tasty and I think it would be good with plain rice too!

For more great recipes, check out the Recipe Swap at Prairie Story! This is my first link to her site and I'm so excited to share it!

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