This recipe was born out of a happy problem. Roy's brother's wife's sister's husband (isn't that a hoot to follow?) raises grass fed cattle and we had a freezer full of delicious organic hamburger that we needed to use up, After several rounds of tacos, spaghetti, chili, etc., I needed to think of something else to do with all that delicious beef. So, I crossed over to an Asian verve for something different. I have to confess, I've also made this with ground chicken which Roy says he prefers. However, this is a fast and easy recipe when all that's at hand is a pound of hamburger.
The hardest part to the meat mixture is dicing the carrots and celery. If someone is in the mood to go the extra culinary mile, one thumb sized piece of ginger which has been peeled and diced along with two cloves of minced garlic could be substituted for the garlic and ginger powders. Frying the egg roll wrappers could be ditched for an actual tortilla - or for nothing at all - just enjoy this concoction as a salad!
If anyone tries this out on their family, I would love to hear about it! Please leave me a comment!
Ingredients for Meat to Top Tostadas:
1 pound lean ground beef or chicken 1 medium sized carrot, diced 1 medium sized celery stalk, diced 1/2 cup diced onion 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons oyster sauce (optional) 2 tablespoons orange juice 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Ingredients for Salad Underneath Meat Mixture:
4 cups sliced cabbage 1 cup chopped cucumber 1/2 loosely packed chopped cilantro 1/4 cup finely diced red onion 1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Ingredients for Garnishes Above and Below:
4 egg roll wrappers 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying 1 avocado, diced Extra cilantro sprigs
Place the meat, carrot, celery, and onions in a skillet and brown over medium low heat. Drain off any grease. Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, orange juice, and red pepper flakes. Continue to cook over medium low heat for five more minutes.
While the meat is cooking, prepare the cabbage mixture by combining cabbage, cilantro, cucumber, and red onion together in a bowl. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic powder. Pour over the cabbage salad and gently toss.
Heat oil in pan over medium high heat. When a tiny piece of the egg roll wrapper sizzles when it is dropped into the pan, the oil is ready. Fry one egg roll wrapper at a time, about two to three minutes a side, or until it becomes light golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Place an browned egg roll wrapper on each plate.
Top each egg roll wrapper with a cup of the cabbage salad.
Distribute the meat mixture by evenly dividing the meat mixture between the four plates.
Top with each Asian tostada with 1/4 of the diced avocado and a spring of cilantro.