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Red-Cooked Beef with Cinnamon

Source: Food & Wine
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours 55 Minutes
  6 Servings
1 cup medium-dry sherry
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
One 4-pound piece of boneless beef flanken or brisket
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 pound wide or medium dried rice noodles (see Note)
6 heads baby bok choy, halved lengthwise, or 1 pound Napa cabbage, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium red bell pepper--roasted, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
Fresh cilantro and mint sprigs, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium nonreactive bowl, combine 3 cups of water and the sherry, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, cinnamon, five-spice powder, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds and crushed red pepper.

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef to the casserole and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Drain any fat.

Add the onion and the sherry mixture to the meat, cover and bring to a boil. Cook the meat in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours, or until very tender; turn the meat halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cover the rice noodles with cold water and let soften, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Transfer the beef to a large platter, cover with foil and keep warm. Skim the fat from the broth and add the bok choy and red bell pepper, if using. Simmer over moderate heat until the bok choy is just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the noodles and simmer just to heat through.

To serve, cut the beef across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Transfer the noodles to 6 warm shallow bowls and top with slices of beef, red bell pepper and bok choy. Ladle the broth over all and garnish with the cilantro and mint.

MAKE AHEAD: The beef can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Remove the fat from the surface and reheat in a 350 degrees F. oven before proceeding.

NOTES: Rice noodles are available at Asian markets. Or substitute any long, broad noodle.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 Servings
Calories: 1003
Fat. Total: 34g
Fiber: 8g
Carbohydrates, Total: 96g
Sodium: 1928mg
% Cal. from Fat: 31%
Cholesterol: 151mg
Protein: 74g
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