10/22: 5 Spice Beef & Pepper Stir-Fry, Baby Greens w/ Mandarin, & Peach Power-Up

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Jun 17, 2004
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Five Spice Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

Recipe Summary

Difficulty: Medium

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Jasmine rice or short grain white rice, 1 to 1 1/2 cups, prepared to package directions

2 cups beef broth or stock, paper container or canned

2 tablespoons wok or clear oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin or beef tenderloin tips, trimmed, placed in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes then thinly sliced

2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced into 1-inch pieces

1 medium onion, diced

1/2 cup dry cooking sherry

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, eyeball the amount (recommended: Tamari)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder, found on Asian foods aisle of market

Cracked black pepper

3 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle, for garnish

1/2 cup smoked whole almonds, available on snack aisle, for garnish

Boil water for rice and prepare to package directions.

Place beef broth in a small pot over low heat to warm the liquid. Heat a wok shaped skillet or pan over high heat. Add oil (it will smoke) and meat bits. Stir-fry meat 3 minutes and remove from pan or move off to the side of the wok. Return pan to heat and add peppers and onions. Stir-fry veggies 2 minutes.

Add meat back to the pan. Add sherry and stir fry until liquid almost evaporates -- 1 minute. Add soy sauce to the pan. Dissolve cornstarch with a ladle of warm beef broth. Add beef broth to the pan, then add cornstarch combined with broth, the five-spice powder and black pepper.

Stir sauce until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Adjust seasonings. Add more soy or salt if necessary. Remove stir-fry from heat. Fill dinner bowls with beef stir-fry and top with a scoop of rice. Scoop rice with ice cream scoop to get a rounded ball. By placing rice on top of stir-fry, rice will stay firm and not soak up too much sauce. Garnish with chopped scallions and smoked almonds.

Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Mandarin

Recipe Summary

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 bag mixed baby greens, 10 ounces

1 can mandarin oranges, drained

1/4 English or European seedless cucumber, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons rice wine or white vinegar, eyeball it

2 teaspoons sugar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, eyeball it

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Sesame seeds, for garnish, 2 tablespoons

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine greens, oranges and cucumber in a salad bowl. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and sugar. Whisk in vegetable oil and sesame oil. Pour dressing over salad. Add sesame seeds, salt and pepper and toss

Peach Power Up

Recipe Summary

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 cups plain yogurt

3/4 cup orange juice

2 cups sliced frozen peaches

In a blender combine ginger, yogurt, orange juice and the frozen peaches. Blend until smooth