Monday, April 6, 2015

Asian Pepper Steak Slowcooker


Some days you just want to come home to a Hot Cooked Meal
Inspired by Rachael Ray’s Asian Pepper Steak tweaked to make less work
which in turn takes less time to put together
and I added broccoli so it probably isn't a pepper steak dish anymore.
 
 
Slice the steak small -Chinese food is always served with small pieces of meat  
if you need to know why go here
Coat the beef in cornstarch, this helps thicken the sauce

 
slice the peppers and onions
 
 
add the cornstarch coated meat

 
realize the steak isn't coated with cornstarch,
pull it out coat and put it back in the crockpot
 
 
add chopped garlic and ginger,
fresh is very important to getting that authentic take out Chinese flavor
 
 
Cook on low 6 hrs or high for 4hrs, 
 if you are short for time and want to cook it for only 2 hours on high put your crock in the microwave for 10 minutes to give it a jump start.
 
 
At the end of cooking I added broccoli and mushrooms
If you think vegetables are meant to be mushy like my Mom
then add them at the beginning.
 
 
Cook the Rice, make Mai Tai's


  Enjoy!!!!
 
Asian Pepper Steak with Veggies
Ingredients
1 1/3 pounds beef sirloin, steak tips, 1 tablespoons cornstarch, for dusting meat 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped 1 large onion, sliced 3 bell peppers, sliced red, yellow and orange make for a pretty dish
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce 4 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce Ground black pepper, to taste

4 cups cooked rice,
1 bag frozen chinese vegetables or broccoli.
1 cup of mushroom or more if you like them I would add the 8oz package of sliced mushrooms

Directions
Cut meat into ½” pieces or thin strips; Put meat in slow cooker toss with the cornstarch to coat meat.Add bell peppers, onion, tomato sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and garlic.
Cook on low 6 hrs or high for 4hrs, and if you are short for time and want to cook it for only 2 hours on high put your crock in the microwave for 10 minutes to give it a jump start.

Cook your rice 15 minutes before serving, this is also when you add frozen vegetables to the slow cooker. 

It is great to brown your beef before putting in the crock it does give a beefier flavor but for the sake of time and the mess I always try the recipe first without browning to make sure it still tastes great.

2 cups uncooked long grain typically makes 4 cups rice
for more on rice amounts and how to cook go
here
This recipe is also great with mashed potatoes , yes it is just don’t do chinese vegetables make it with broccoli.