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thai food at home

We have not been eating out for dinner when we are in town lately.  The last time we went out for dinner was my birthday.  This is not a bad thing at all but it does mean that I do not get some foods that I really like.  Japanese and Thai are two.  I came across of recipe for Stir Fried Minced Beef with Chiles and Basil today on Molly's blog and thought I would give it a try.

When we were finished with dinner, we all agreed.  The flavor was good but the number of chiles I used were too many even though that is what the recipe called for.  It will be made again but with less chiles and that is the recipe I am giving you.  But give it a try.  The flavors are good (even if you have to taste them through the fire!)

Stir Fried Minced Beef with Chiles and Basil

Note:  The original recipe calls for 8 to 20 chiles for 1 pound of meat.  Please use your best judgement.

1 head garlic, minced

1 sliced serrano peppers, sliced

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound ground beef

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1/8 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup vegetable broth

4 large handfuls basil, sliced

Hot rice

4 eggs

lime wedges

In a small bowl, mix the garlic, chiles, and salt.  In a large heavy pan, put over medium high heat and heat 2 tablespoons oil.  Add the garlic mixture and heat until fragrant.  Add the ground meat and stir fry just until the meat starts to brown.  Add the fish sauce and sugar.  Mix in the broth and basil.  Cook until the basil is wilted.

In another pan, heat the rest of the oil.  Fry the eggs until the whites are brown but the yolks are still runny.

In the bowls you will eat in, place rice, then the meat, then the egg.

Enjoy.  This was so tasty that even though it was too spicy for me, I got through half my bowl.  I will make this again when I want Thai food.

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