Friday, July 1, 2011

Beef and Green Pepper

A staple on many a Chinese menu. Traditionally, only green bell peppers are used for this dish, but I like to kick up the color palette with the addition of a red bell. I also like to add sliced jalapeno peppers for a little extra heat as I'm a hopeless spice addict.

1 1/2 lbs. beef sirloin, julienned into 2" strips
2 green bell peppers, julienned
1 red bell pepper, julienned
2-3 jalapeno peppers (pursuant to your spice tolerance),* seeded, halved & then thinly sliced
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small red onion, diced
4-5 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup rice wine
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. cornstarch

1. Julienne the beef and place in a medium bowl. Add marinade ingredients, 1 tsp. of the minced garlic, and 1 tsp. of the minced ginger. Mix together well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the frig for at least 20 minutes. 

2. Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium high heat. Add diced red onion & cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened. Add remaining minced ginger and garlic and saute for about 20-30 seconds until fragrant. Add beef and cook 3- 4 minutes until beef is browned & mostly cooked through. 

3. Add julienned peppers (bells & jalapenos) and saute for 3-5 minutes or until peppers barely begin to soften. Season with additional soy sauce and sesame oil, as needed. Add a scant 1/4 cup of water if there's not enough sauce. Stir in chopped cilantro.

4. Serve with hot white rice.

3 Jalapenos, 1 red & 2 green bell peppers, thinly sliced.

Chopped fresh cilantro, ginger, scallions, red onion & garlic.

Marinade: sesame oil, soy sauce, vegetable oil, rice wine (Michiu), and cornstarch.

Toss beef with marinade ingredients and 1 tsp. each of the chopped garlic and ginger. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

Saute red onion in 2 tbsp. oil over medium-high heat until softened.

Add remaining chopped garlic & ginger.

Toss in beef and cook 1-2 minutes.

Add chopped scallions and continue cooking until beef is almost done. 

Add sliced peppers and stir well. Cook until peppers are done but still have a bit of crunch.

Stir in chopped cilantro. Season with additional soy sauce & sesame oil, as needed. 

Must have white rice with this dish...

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