The other night I completely was at a loss for what to make for dinner. I don't know what it is, but the last month, I have been uninspired to try new recipes. Strange. Maybe it's just the summer heat getting to me. Perhaps after the vacation coming up in 17 days I'll be ready to jump back in.
So, what to make for dinner. I had some vegetables, but nothing to really do with them. Finally I decided on making something of a pepper steak. Pepper Steak is perhaps on of the first "Asian" dishes I ever had and used to love it. I think the only thing that made is "Asian" was the soy sauce some of us silly Midwesterners hadn't ever heard of.
Drawing on a recipe or two, this is what I came up with. It was satisfyng and used up some of the vegetables I had laying around.
1/2 pound, thinly sliced beef (I don't know the cut, it was labeled "Stir Fry Beef." What's that?)
1 green bell pepper, chunky dice
1 medium onion, chunky dice
1 jalapeño, diced
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, medium dice
1/2 cup light soy sauce
1-2 tsp fish sauce
2-3 TB oyster sauce
1-2 tsp hot sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TB fresh ginger, grated
1-2 TB vegetable oil
wee pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper
Mix the sauces together in a small bowl and set aside.
In a big pan over high heat, stir fry the beef in a bit of vegetable oil, season with a bit of salt/pepper, to taste. When browned and cooked to the desired doneness, remove to a plate. If the pan has dried some, add another little bit of oil. Toss in the onions and begin to saute. After about two minutes, when the onions start to become transluscent, add the peppers. Saute those for another minute or two. Add the garlic and ginger. When fragrant, add the tomatoes. Stir fry for a moment. Add the sauce. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce slightly. Return the beef to the pan. Stir to coat with the sauce and heat through. Serve with rice.
Tasty. Savory. Fast. The beef was a little tough, but I'm sure that comes from the mystery cut of beef. I was satisfied. There were no leftovers!