Pepper Steak

I always have a hard time ordering take-out Chinese food.  I think it’s probably been years since I’ve had it. Not necessarily because I’m not lazy sometimes.  But probably more-so because I know how easy it is to make at home and I know that I can make it quick and it will be healthier if I make it.  And trust me, when you have tiny humans to feed, sometimes, you just want that dish that you can make in 15 minutes and have on the table before there’s a revolt.

Pepper steak is one of those dishes.  Of course you can marinade the meat for as long as you want, but this marinade is so flavorful that even if you just marinate it for 5-10 minutes you will still have a delicious meal. The other good thing about this recipe is that you can change the bell peppers for broccoli and have beef and broccoli.

Place sliced beef, green onions, garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil in a bowl.

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Mix to combine.  Let sit for at least 5 minutes, but as long as you want if you have more time.

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In a medium frying pan, saute onions and bell peppers for about 4-5 minutes.

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Add marinated meat.

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Cook for about 7 minutes, until meat is cooked.

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Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix corn starch and water.

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Add to the meat and vegetables.

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Let sauce thicken (takes about 4 minutes).

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Serve over rice.  Enjoy!

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Recipe:

1 1/2 lbs flank steak, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced
3 green onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup hoisin sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
1 Tablespoons mirin (optional)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1/3 cup water

In a bowl, add steak, green onions, garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and mirin (if using).  Let marinate for at least 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, saute onions and peppers in olive oil. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.  Then add meat.  Cook for about 7 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the corn starch and water.  Add to the meat and vegetables and stir until sauce is thickened.  Serve over rice.

Enjoy!
Caroline