Pepper Steak surprise
Believe me, I know this looks unappetizing, but hear me out before passing judgment. And no, it’s not ‘surprise’ because something terrible lurks within, like say, a Turkey Medley Surprise you might endure at a dorm cafeteria.
In regards to Jim’s hankering for cooking Quick Chinese Pepper Steak, I just happened to have had a very similar dinner last night. But, being the spoiled 22-year-old in transition that I am, I didn’t cook it; my mom did.
A conversation earlier in the day:
Mom: “I’m cooking pepper steak for dinner. Are you going to be home?”
Me: “I guess.”
I was secretly and not very subtly unexcited for this meal. Sometimes I can be a total snob when it comes to my free and home-cooked meals. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I’m still an immature teenager at heart, but I plan to grow out of that someday, I swear.
Anyway, I come home to find dinner set on the table. Just as I was expecting, some pepper steak was bubbling in the saucepan, accompanied by a separate pot of rice. At this point, I’m hungry and more amused by the steak than I was by the idea of it earlier in the day. Though it wasn’t the most attractive dish I had ever seen, it smelled good.
So I served myself some and tasted it, and the steak, as I told my mother, was cooked to perfection. While I thought it was something she had whipped up in a half hour or so, that was definitely not the case. She had been slow cooking the steak with its vegetables and juices for a good 2 -2.5 hours and I have to say, you could really tell. The meat was so tender; it was delicious!
If you want to know how she made it, she sauteed the meat in some oil and garlic. Then she sauteed her peppers (red and yellow), mushrooms, and onions. She combined the meat and veggies and added some soy sauce. She then covered the pan and let it cook for 2-2.5 hours before serving it on beds of rice.
It’s very similar to this recipe (just no au jus), and I highly recommend it.
-Hillary, little pissed that my mom made AG’s tomato sauce with my brother instead of me! Just kidding…sort of.