Thursday, February 28, 2008

Beef Stir Fry

I had a dream last night that I went to Martha Stewart's house and didn't bring a dish prepared. I brought the fixings for antipasto (probably a held-over thought from watching Barefoot Contessa yesterday), forgot to bring a platter and made Martha Stewart go through her cupboards to find me the right dish. Funny thing was, she didn't have a good platter selection. I'm thinking I was dreaming about a fake Martha Stewart.

Between another cross-country ski trip and feeling less-than optimal upon my return, I haven't done much cooking this week. This gives me a great opportunity to catch up on some posts.

Last week, R had exams. In a fit of domesticacy (is that a word?), I decided that the difference between an A and a B could be a good meal. So, I searched around for a good looking beef stir fry and found this.

Ginger Beef Stir Fry


1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 small head of brocoli
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin 2-inch strips
3 tablespoons salted peanuts, chopped
1/4 cup plum sauce
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
4 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets

In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Stir in the plum sauce, ginger, soy sauce and pepper flakes; set aside.

In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef in oil until no longer pink;

remove and keep warm.

In the same pan, stir-fry the red pepper, broccoli, carrots, onion, and garlic until tender.

Return beef to the pan.

Whisk the plum sauce mixture; stir into skillet. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in peanuts.

Serve over rice if desired. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.



Katie said...

LOL! Your dream is hilarious and your stir fry looks awesome!

Emiline said...

That is a crazy dream. At least it had a celebrity in it.
And food.

Your stir fry looks great!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Mmm that looks great! I love stir fry. I just made some a couple days ago, I gotta try your recipe next time.

Peter M said...

A dream or a nightmare...Martha would be so intimidating!

Stir frys are a great all-in-one dish...make me happy-happy!

Kevin said...

Stir frys are alway good. They are nice and quick and tasty. They are also good for cleaning out the extras from the fridge at the end of the week.