Tuesday, October 30, 2012

{recipe} beef with snow peas stir fry.

sometimes it is hard to remember to change up what you make for dinner at home. i sometimes find myself going to the same recipes meal after meal, and for a creature of habit like me "it works" but i have to remember especially when cooking for others, they may not be happy eating grilled chicken and sweet potatoes every night...

i also love chinese food, but highly dislike the frozen kind found in most super markets (trader's joes is excluded from that statement, they have some great orange chicken!) and during the week we are really not take out people. so what is a girl to do when she wants chinese food during the work week?

well attempt to make some herself, and be happily surprised with the results.

when i saw this recipe for beef and snow peas on my fav foodie's website i knew what i was having for dinner : )

like all of ree's recipes, it came out amazing, was super simple for a week night and was a very welcome change to the normal week night meals. enjoy!

Serves: 8
1/2 pound Flank Steak, Trimmed Of Fat And Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain
1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Sherry Or Cooking Sherry
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger
8 ounces, weight Fresh Snow Peas, Ends Trimmed
5 whole Scallions, Cut Into Haf-inch Pieces On The Diagonal
Salt As Needed (use Sparingly)
3 Tablespoons Peanut Or Olive Oil
Crushed Red Pepper, For Sprinkling
Jasmine Or Long Grain Rice, Cooked According To Package

1. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Add sliced meat to bowl and toss with hands. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet (iron is best) or wok over high heat. Add snow peas and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside.
3. Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the scallions. Spread out meat as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate.
4. Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the first plateful of meat, the rest of the marinade, and the snow peas. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits.

5. Serve immediately over rice. Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the top to give it some spice.


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