This recipe screams childhood favorite and I couldn’t wait to share it. One of my favorite dishes that I absolutely loved that my mom made for my sisters and I for dinner was pepper steak. Oh how I loved my mom’s quick stir-fry beef with tons of onions and garlic, deeee-lish. There was something about mom’s cooking that you always think about and miss dearly. Moms’ always cook it better, right?
But there has come a time where now the tables have turned, and my mom has been requesting dishes for me to make for her. It’s quite a switch, and right now she’s asking me to bake a batch of biscotti’s and apple pies. My mom has quite the sweet tooth, it runs in the family I suppose. My mom is not one for detailed recipes, and if I did ask her what ingredients were in her version of pepper steak – she would tell me “a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.” Besides, I have asked for her infamous recipe of leche flan and a cooking lesson in the art of baking the flan – lo and behold, she went ahead and made for me.
Thank goodness for Google. I found one of the most popular recipes, and I think it’s a fair comparison to my mom’s version. It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner and tastes as good as my momma’s. Enjoy a classic favorite of mine!
Chinese Pepper Steak
Adapted from AllRecipes
1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon fresh ginger
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, cut in 1-inch cubes
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, cornstarch, garlic and ginger until the sugar has completely dissolved. Place the strips of beef in a large bowl and pour the soy sauce marinade on top. Stir until covered.
Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and peppers and cook until it slightly softens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the marinated beef cubes and cook until the beef is cooked all the way through, about 7 to 9 minutes. Stir until combined, and serve immediately.
Garnish the pepper steak with sesame seeds and serve over a bed of white rice.
Review: This is like Chinese fake-out at home, simply fantastic!