Sunday, May 27, 2007

RECIPE of the Day - 5/27/2007

This is a great stir fry recipe that is very flavorful. You can adjust the heat by using as much or as little red pepper as you like. This is great served with rice or terriyaki noodles.


1 1/2 inch thick beef steak, any kind (16-24 oz)
2-3 bell peppers, any color
2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
1/2 hot pepper (depending upon heat desired)
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
4-5 cloves garlic
1/2 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Wondra (or other flour)
3 tablespoons red wine
1 bouillon cube or teaspoon of beef flavored soup base (optional)
salt or soy sauce (if desired)
pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste

Slice uncooked steak into thin slices across the grain. Tip: Place steak in freezer until partially frozen but the tip of a sharp knife can still pierce it 3/8" deep. This makes it easier to slice.

Prepare vegetables: Core and slice peppers, peel onions and thinly slice, peel garlic. Clean mushrooms and slice.

In a skillet, melt butter in oil. Add onions and saute over medium high heat until edges take on light brown color. Add whole garlic cloves and sliced peppers. When garlic cloves have a slightly roasted appearance, mash the garlic into the oil using the tines of a fork. Remove sauteed vegetables to a dish using a slotted spoon when tender, and lightly browned on edges but not soft.

Turn heat to high and brown steak; add mushrooms after several minutes. Remove steak to vegetable dish when tender. Add wine, flour, and bouillon, scraping pan to add flavor and color to gravy. Reduce heat to very low and simmer gravy ten minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water or broth if gravy is too thick; add more flour if gravy is too thin after several minutes. Add vegetables and steak to gravy and heat through. Season to taste with salt (or soy sauce), pepper and hot pepper, to taste.

Serve as is, or in sub sandwiches topped with caramelized onions. Season with soy sauce, if desired.

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