Wednesday, June 8, 2011
In my almost three years of marriage I think I have finally determined that my husband will be one happy man if I make him anything that involves cilantro OR beef. Put the two together and he will be in heaven. So when I saw Pioneer Woman's Beef with Peppers I knew it would be an instant winner with hubby. I was right. This dish is definitely Asian inspired, with Chinese style noodles, dressed with soy sauce, sherry, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. It's a flavor profile both hubby and I really enjoy. If you don't like beef, you could substitute chicken or even tofu in this dish. It's a vibrant stir fry with lots of layers of flavors. Once again, Pioneer Woman comes through.
Beef with Peppers
From Pioneer Woman
1 pound flank steak, sliced very thin against the grain
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (use more or less depending on your liking)
2 packages chinese noodles, boiled, drained, and cooled
Whisk together the soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, and chili flakes. Take about 1/4 of the sauce and pour into a small bowl to reserve for cooking. Pour the rest of the sauce over the sliced beef and toss to coat. Set aside and allow to marinate.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. When it is very hot, throw in the onions and cook for less than a minute. Remove to a separate plate. Return skillet to flame, allow to reheat and add bell peppers. Cook peppers for several minutes. Remove to a plate.
Return skillet to heat and one more tablespoon of oil. Evenly distribute the meat in the skillet and cook until brown. Reduce the heat to low. Add the onions and peppers to the skillet and toss to combine. Pour in the reserved sauce and stir. Allow to simmer on low for a few minutes. Turn off the heat.
In a large bowl, place the cooked, cooled noodles. Distribute the meat, peppers, and onions over the noodles and toss together.
Add very hot water if needed to thin. Top entire dish with cilantro leaves and serve immediately.