LA Bistro copy cat recipe

If you live in Dearborn, Michigan you have probably been to LA Bistro at least once.. a week! They have many delicious dishes including “New Born Beef”, which I have recreated.

During the month of Ramadan (Muslim Holy month in which we fast from sunrise to sunset), I like to prepare the ingredients ahead of time. This way, I can cook right before Iftar (meal eating at sunset). Preparing the ingredients in such a manner is called, “Mise en Place”, French for putting in place.

It will look a little something like this: Mise en place


The recipe is as follows:

Makes 4 servings

For the Newborn Beef:

1 medium white onion chopped

8 oz button mushrooms chopped

2 tablespoons EVOO

1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used what I had on hand; Mexican blend. But cheddar would be great too)

1 green pepper chopped

1 pound beef chopped into 1 inch long strips (like you would cut for fajitas)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

salt and pepper


For the rice:

1 cup long grain whole wheat rice

2 cups water

1 tablespoon EVOO

2 threads of saffron

1 star anise

salt and pepper



1. Combine all ingredients for the rice and bring to a boil. Turn down to lowest heat setting and let cook for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Heat pan on medium heat and add EVOO and strips of beef. Add onion, mushroom, green pepper and spices. Cook through.

3. Remove from heat and top with shredded cheese.

4. Serve with salad and ranch. I will post my homemade ranch recipe soon!

5. Enjoy!

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