My good friend Hope gave me this recipe. She always says she doesn’t think much of her culinary skills, but I think she did a great job with this one.

For years, she’s shown me things she’s found on Pinterest, saying “Someday, I’m going to make this.” It could be as complex as one of those 8 layer rainbow cakes, each layer a different color, or as simple as a Halloween cookie shaped like a witch’s finger. I think that’s pretty common with Pinterest though; everyone thinks they’re going to bring that fruit bowl baby in a watermelon carriage to their next baby shower.

All that’s recently changed. Lately, Hope has been sending me pictures of all the things she’s been cooking for her family. It’s awesome!

The difficulty level of this recipe is more on the witch’s finger side rather than rainbow cake, so I was very eager to try it. I’m glad I did; it was delicious!

To make Sweet Sesame Beef, you will need:

1 lb of ground beef
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of ginger, minced
1 teaspoon of chili paste, or whatever kind of hot spice you might have around; I didn’t taste much of the spice, so you can omit it if you don’t want any spice at all.
2 bunches of green onion, chopped
sesame seeds

In a pan, brown your ground beef with the garlic and sesame oil. Once it’s done, drain the oil from the pan. Mix in the brown sugar, ginger, chili paste, and soy sauce. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve over white rice. Top with green onions and sesame seeds (No sesame seeds in the photos because I forgot. I was too hungry!). I had this meal with a side of sliced tomatoes. It was a nice contrast to the sweetness of the meat. 


Thanks for the recipe, Hope!

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  • Sriracha

    I tried this using sriracha (since that’s all I had on hand) and it was delicious. I’ll be sure to try it next time with the garlic chili paste. I bet it will be even yummier.

  • Not Hopeless

    Don’t take this wrong way, Steel, but part of my daring to even attempt to cook comes from knowing…if Steel can do it, so can I. Thank you for inspiring me! xoxoxo

  • Can't Stop Won't Stop

    Ever since you posted this I’ve been making it every week!

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