Beef Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Spirals

img_8269-copyWhen I was attending college at MSU I was intrigued at all the new food options to explore. I always had a curiosity for new food and until then had never heard of Thai food.  I visited the Thai restaurant down the road from me and made the mistake of ordering Chinese dishes like Mongolian Beef or Fried Rice. Later that year my roommate came home with some Chicken Pad Thai and told me I needed to try it. It was delicious and to the date the best Pad Thai I’ve had, anywhere.

Since having those flavors I have always been fond of the sweet and tangy notes of Pad Thai. I started experimenting with recipes for homemade Pad Thai and think this one comes pretty close to my favorite takeout. If you have a nice asian grocery store near you things like Tamarind and Palm Sugar can be used to enhance the recipe in place of the lime juice and brown sugar.

Having said all this about Pad Thai this is a unique twist on a classic but still using the same sauce as a base for these Sweet Potato Spirals.

Beef Pad Thai with Sweet Potato Spirals

  • 1/4 c fish sauce
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c lime juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 t peanut butter
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 2 Sweet Potato Spirals (you can buy these already done at Whole Foods or your grocery store)
  • 8 oz steak (use your favorite cut)
  • crushed peanuts
  • chopped cilantro
  • green onions

For the sauce, mix the first set of ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved and sauce is bubbling. Take off the heat and set aside.

Cut steak into cubes and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat, when hot add steak cubes. Cook for about 2 minutes until one side is seared, flip over and cook for another 2 minutes or until seared. Remove and place in bowl.

In a clean pan, heat 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Add Sweet Potato Spirals, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add Steak back in, add the sauce and mix until heated through. When plated, finish with fresh cilantro, green onions, crushed peanuts and Sriracha if you like some additional spice.



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