Friday, September 2, 2011

Simple Beef Stir Fry

Have you ever had a craving for something, but there were no places around that cooked that particular food or dish?
    Well that is basically the answer for just about every craving I ever have. Living in a small town, we don't have much. Yes, we have a McD's, Sonic(yuck!), and Denny's(double yuck!),a few pizza places, an itty-bitty teeny-tiny italian restraunt and a Soulman's BBQ, but that's it. No sushi, no Chick-fa-la, no Starbucks, no  french bistros, no amazing mexican restraunts. NaDa! They are all in the neighboring towns. (we actually have a small chinese place that opened recently, but the "food" is mostly sauce, not meat or veg; so we only went once.)
    Recently, I have been wanting Chinese food. Stir fry to be exact. Beef and veggie stir fry to be even more exact. Well after looking online for several different recipes, I did what I usually do. I combined a few recipes and made it my own by changing some things.

Mix together everything for the sauce and cut the onion and pepper(s) 
I actually had some assorted peppers already sliced and frozen; so I measured what I thought would equal 1 pepper

Cut the flank steak into 1/4 inch thcik slices, cutting against the grain so the meat stays tender
This is the pan I used
The broccoli stays crisp and crunchy and the sauce is so good.
Serve on rice

Beef Stir Fry
Created by Rayna of Curious Country Cook
serves 4

2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. worchestire sauce
5 tbsp. soy sauce (low sodium is best)
1/2 cp. water, chicken stock, or beer
2 tbsp. honey (or sugar)
1/4 cp. orange juice
1 tbsp. veg. oil + 1 tsp. oil (not olive oil)
1 lb. flank steak
1 small onion
1 head of broccoli
1 bell pepper

>>I had different colored peppers that I pre-cut and froze so I used some of each color, but use whatever pepper you prefer.

1. Mince the garlic (or use a microplane). Cut the onion and peppers into bite-sized pieces and the broccoli off the the stem.
2. In a bowl, combine the cornstarch, garlic,honey, soy sauce, worchestire sauce, and water.
3. In a large skillet or wok, heat up 1tbsp of oil and add beef once it is hot and cook for about 5 minutes per batch.
Note: Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to make the beef in batches.
Note: If will want to have your stove vent or a kitchen window open because it will get hot and smoky.
4. Remove the beef from the pan. Add the 1stp. of oil. Add in the onions and peppers and cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
5. Add the broccoli into the pan with the peppers and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes. The broccoli will turn bright green.
6. Add the beef and sauce into the pan. Cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the beef is heated back up.

Serve over rice or noodles.

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