Sunday, July 25, 2010

Love Beef Rolls! (Lövbiff rullar)

When I first came to Sweden and saw this name lövbiff, I thought it was pretty cute and have been pronouncing it as 'love beef' ever since. In actual fact, what it meant is 'leaf beef', because they are thin slices of beef tenderloin, meant to be pan fried with salt and pepper for a couple of minutes on each side only. We've tried the prepared frozen version before and it's a far cry from the real thing.

I wanted to do something different with this and my mother-in-grace had done something similar in a western style, filling it with cheese and bacon in the middle, stewed in a cream sauce. I decided to make a Chinese version of it using green peppers and spring onions. I know if I can find some enoki, it would be something Japanese but alas, that is not so common here. However, the steps to doing this was quite simple - simply sliced up the peppers and spring onions to be equal thickness and length, or just a bit longer than the broadness of the beef slices, put in the greens and roll it up. Pan fry it, add in water and seasonings. Good dish - we both like it :)

lövbiff rullar

När jag först kom till Sverige och såg detta namn 'lövbiff,' jag tyckte att det var ganska söt och har uttalar det som "love beef" i stället. Men de är tunna skivor av oxfilé, som man kan steka med salt och peppar för ett par minuter på varje sida. Jag ville göra något annorlunda och gjörde en kinesisk version av det med grön paprika och salladslök.

2 slices of lövbiff, or thin slices of beef steak
1 spring onion
1/2 or equal amount of green pepper
1.5 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
3-4 slices of ginger

  1. Using the blade side of the knife, flatten the piece of beef more if you can, and slice them up to broadness about 1.5 - 2 inches. Slice the spring onion into half length wise and section them into 2 inches length. Do the same with the green pepper, keeping them about the same thickness and length as the spring onions.
  2. Take one piece of spring onion, and one piece of green pepper, lay them on the end of the beef slice and roll it up tightly. Rest it on the pan where you're going to pan fry it, seam down.
  3. Once you have the beef rolls in the pan, place it on the stove and add in some cooking oil enough to cover the base of the pan thinly. The beef rolls should start to sizzle and add in the ginger slices at this point of time. Splash in the wine next.
  4. When you see the beef rolls half cooked, add in enough water to half cover the beef rolls, add in the rest of the seasonings and cook it for a couple of minutes more and you're done!

    Love Beef Rolls

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