Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beef with Snow Peas

I made this tonight and it was so good that I came online almost immediately to post a review about it.  It was really, really good!!  I used thinly sliced t-bone steak because that was BOGOF last week at the store, therefore what I bought.  The meat was tender, the sauce was excellent, and it was super easy to prepare.  This will definitely be a repeat~

Beef with Snow Peas
slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1-1/2 pounds t-bone steak, trimmed of fat and sliced very thin
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 Tablespoons cooking sherry
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
8 ounces, weight fresh snow peas, end trimmed
5 whole scallions, cut in half-inch pieces
3 Tablespoons olive oil
crushed red pepper, for sprinkling
long grain rice, cooked according to package

In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger.  Add sliced meat to bowl and toss to coat.  Set aside.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over high heat.  Add snow peas and stir for a minute.  Remove to a separate plate.  Set aside.

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 the pan, but do not stir for a good minute (you want the meat to brown as quick as possible in as short amount of time as possible).  Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds.  Remove to a clean plate. 

Repeat the other half of meat and remaining scallions, 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. Mixture will thicken as it sits.

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

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