Thursday, October 21, 2010

Okra with Ground Beef (Kiymali Bamya)

There is a separate section in Turkish cuisine that contains vegetable (stew) recipes cooked with ground meat (usually a mixture of ground beef and ground lamb - but feel free to use any type of ground meat you like or have in hand to make these recipes your own), which is really a great way of making the most of both vegetables and meat in hand.
These are the recipes you will come across in this blog that end with "...... with Ground Beef". And below recipe is one of them.
You use a rather small amount of meat (which is relatively costly) to cook the vegetables with. This way you can make at least 3 vegetable dishes out of 1 pound meat; sometimes ground meat is really the gift that keeps on giving...:))
You get the full health benefit of eating vegetables, accompanied by a delicious broth that is full of meat and tomato flavor.

Ingredients: (Serves 4-6)  
  • 6 oz. ground beef (preferably 80/2)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cubanelle pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 lb-package frozen cut okra
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-2 medium-size tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Heat 1 tbsp. vegetable oil or butter in the pot. Add diced onion, cubanelle pepper and ground beef. Breaking up the ground beef and mixing it with onion and pepper, saute over medium-high heat until onion is translucent and ground beef is no longer pink.
  • Add the tomato paste and 1 cup hot water, mix lightly to dissolve the paste in water. Add the tomatoes, okra, salt (I personally put 1 teaspoon salt), pepper and lemon juice.
  • Add 2 more cups hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat (pot half-covered with the lid). Lower the heat to medium low (or low, depending on the burner you use) and simmer until the okra is tender (but not falling apart). Add more water along the way, if necessary (This is a stew, it should not be a dry dish).
  • Enjoy with a slice of toasted bread on the side to dunk.

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