Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How to make Pepper Steak - A Quick , Delicious, Inexpensive Dinner Recipe

Ahhhh... I've been doing Kumon work from home today, and have been glued to my computer for about 12 hours! Because I'm at home, I have no excuse (yeah, right) for not making Dave a home-cooked dinner. He commented the other day that there were about 8 bags of "Trader Joe's" frozen bell pepper slices in the freezer. I told him they were there for PEPPER STEAK or FAJITA emergencies, and to just hush. Well... Today is a "Pepper Steak Emergency", and here's the recipe.

Note: If you slice the meat when you buy it fresh and freeze it with the marinade, you can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, and it will be good-to-go when you get home from work the next day. Freeze several bags when meat is on sale. It's a great time and money saving trick!

1# (approx.) Top Round, cut into thin strips
1 cup bottled Italian dressing
1/4 cup soy sauce
A couple of splashes red wine, if you have it on hand
1/4 cup Allegro Marinade (this can be omitted if you don't have it. Just add a tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce and a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar)
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
Bell Peppers, cut into strips (As many as you want. 3-4 mediun fresh, or a bag of frozen. More or less to taste.)
1/2 envelope dry brown gravy mix
3 tbs. soy sauce (more or less, to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a gallon-size Ziploc bag, combine dressing, soy sauce, wine, and Allegro. Add meat and seal bag. Allow to marinate for at least one hour (the longer you marinate, the tastier the meat.)

Pre-heat a large frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, use tongs to remove the meat from your "marinating bag", and add to pan. Discard marinade (I know it smells really good, but trust me. Throw it away!) Cook meat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle in gravy mix and continue to cook for one minute. (Sauce will thicken a bit, but if you like a thicker, more "gravy-ish" sauce, add the entire pack of gravy mix.) Add soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir. Add onions and peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies are tender. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

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