Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nonni's Chow Mein

Sometimes, you just need a big bowl of comfort food.  That's what I got on Tuesday.  Nonni's Chow Mein.  This dish is something that my mom used to make once in a while when I was younger, and I always loved it.  And somehow, in the move of my Aunt and Grandmother (temporarily) into my mother's house, we ended up with about 2 heads of celery in the fridge.  So that means.....Chow Mein!!

This is seriously a very easy dish to make.  In true Nonni form, there are no exact measurements for anything - it's all dependent on what you like.  But I tried to write everything down, and I can't wait to share it with you!

Nonni's Chow Mein

  • Sliced Onion (about 2-3, depending on the size)
  • Largely chopped celery (as much as you want, we probably used about a whole head)
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 can bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 can mixed Chinese vegetables (or just a can of water chestnuts), drained
  • Black Pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Soy Sauce

The Method to Nonni's Madness
  • Put the ground hamburger into a pan with a little bit of oil and break it up.  You don't want the mean to get overly browned - just so it's not pink anymore.  
  • Add in the onion, and mix together and cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes
  • Add in the chopped celery, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the celery is softened.  
  • Add in the bean sprouts and vegetables, and black pepper.  Don't add in the sprouts until close to the end, because they really only need to heat up.
  • Mix together a little bit of water, a heaping tablespoon of cornstarch, and the soy sauce and add this into the pot.  This helps everything thicken up a bit.
  • Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.  Taste it, and add salt if needed.

Serve the Chow Mein with either white rice, or the Chinese Crunch Noodles.


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