January 14, 2005

Beef & Broccoli

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Beef & Broccoli, rice, fortune cookies

RECIPES:
Beef & Broccoli
1 pound (or less) beef steak, thinly sliced into strips
vegetable oil
1 can tomato soup
3 T soy sauce
1T vinegar
garlic powder to taste
1/2 t crushed red pepper
3 cups chopped broccoli
Fry beef until cooked. Add remaining ingredients and cook until broccoli is done. Serve over rice.

Fortune Cookies
1/4 C margarine
2/3 C sugar
1/2 t vanilla or almond extract
1 egg
1/3 C flour
8 small strips of paper with fortunes on them
Beat all ingredients well. Spoon in circular shape onto greased and floured cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. Use a spatula to remove cookies from baking sheet. Immediately put a fortune in the center of each cookie. Fold cookie in half, pinch edges together and twist in the center. Let cookies cool.

REVIEW:
The only problem with the beef & broccoli was that there wasn't any left for the next day! I did have a few problems with the fortune cookies. The batter was so runny and I made the cookies too big. Some of the batter ran off the sides of the cookie sheet and spilled all over the bottom of the oven where it caramelized and set off the smoke detector. Grrrr.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What would you do to make the fortune cookies better?

matcheez mom said...

First, I would use a cookie sheet with sides. Then maybe add a bit more flour. Third, I would use less batter per cookie since it spreads as it bakes. Finally, I might look for my Martha Stewart Fortune Cookie recipe that I jotted down somewhere. Maybe hers will work better.

KA said...

Found this recipe, maybe it'll work better (?)

Happy Luck Fortune Cookies

Prepare fortunes by writing messages
on about 20 strips of paper.

TIPS:
-- Make only two or three cookies at a time, because the cookies become stiff very quickly and when cooled are too brittle to bend into their familiar shape.

-- To form into the crescent shape, have a thin-edged bowl or pan on hand, along with a muffin pan.

-- To handle the hot cookies, wear white, cotton gloves.

Preheat the oven to 300F.

INGREDIENTS:
8 oz . flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 ounces sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
2 egg whites
4 ounces vegetable oil
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract



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DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, Sift together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Stir in the oil, egg whites, water, and vanilla. On a well-greased baking sheet, roll a very thin 4-inch circle of dough and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Remove one cookie at a time from the oven with a wide spatula; working quickly follow these four steps:

1. Flip cookie onto cotton gloved hand.
2. Hold fortune in center of pliable cookie while folding cookie in half.
3. Grasp ends of cookie and draw gently down over edge of muffin pan to crease at center of cookie.
4. Fit cookie in muffin pan (points down) to hold shape as it cools. If cookie hardens too quickly, put it back in the oven for about 1 minute.

matcheez mom said...

THANKS! I'll try it and let you know.