MOM'S CHOP SUEY

Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

Another one of our mother's favorite recipes. Don't know where she got it, but it dates back probably beyond the 1950s. I also don't know whether this is technically chop suey or chow mein--never could figure out the difference. But we love it, regardless.
02-09-16

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
6-8
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

2 or 3 lb
stew beef (or may use pork or chicken)
2 Tbsp
oil
1
celery stalk (this means the whole bunch)
4 or 5 large
onions, chopped
2 medium
cans bean sprouts
1 or 2 can(s)
water chestnuts, sliced
1 medium
bottle soy sauce
1/3 jar(s)
chinese brown gravy sauce
2 or 3 Tbsp
corn starch
2/3 c
water

Step-By-Step

1Chop onions and celery fairly small and set aside.
2In a large Dutch oven, brown the meat in oil with salt and pepper to taste.
3Add celery and onion. Cover with about half the bottle of soy sauce and add water to cover mixture. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
4Add bean sprouts and water chestnuts, and a little more soy sauce and water if needed (not too much if you want it to be thick). Let this cook for about 20 minutes.
5In a small saucepan, mix together the brown gravy sauce, the corn starch and water.
6Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it gets so thick you can't stir any longer.
7Immediately remove from heat and stir into the large pot, until very well mixed. Should be semi-thick at this point and ready to serve.
8I like to serve this over hot white rice and sprinkle with crisp chow mein noodles. And, of course, egg rolls on the side--I cheat and buy frozen ones.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Beef, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Chinese
Other Tag: Healthy