Asian Style Beef with Snow Peas

I love finding new and reasonably simple recipes to add to the usual weekly dinner menu. Most people I know say they cook the same few things every week and they are always looking for ways to change it up a bit. Therefore, I know I am not the only one looking for simple but YUMMY recipes to add to the dinner rotation.

This one is an Asian style beef recipe which is just as good as something you can get from a restaurant. Another bonus, aside from the meat and the veggies, the other ingredients are mostly staples you will have in your pantry already.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Beef with Snow Peas
(recipe courtesy Ree Drummond. Make 8 servings)

½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tablespoons sherry or cooking sherry
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 ½ pounds flank steak, trimmed of fat and sliced very thin against the grain
3 Tablespoons peanut or olive oil
8 ounces fresh snow peas, trimmed
5 whole scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces on the diagonal
Crushed red pepper
Jasmine rice, cooked according to package directions

• In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, brown sugar and ginger.
• Add the beef to a separate bowl and pour one-third of the liquid over the top. Save the rest of the liquid.
• Toss the beef and set aside.
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over high heat.
• Add the snow peas and stir for 45 seconds and get as much color on them as possible.
• Remove snow peas to a plate.
Allow the skillet to get very hot again.
• With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl.
• Spread out the meat as you add it to skillet, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.)
• Sprinkle half the scallions over the meat. Flip the meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds.
• Remove to a clean plate.
Repeat with the other half of the meat, allowing the skillet to get very hot again first.
• After flipping, add the first plateful of meat, the reserved liquid, the crushed red pepper and snow peas.
• Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, and then turn off the heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. The mixture will thicken as it sits.
• Serve immediately over rice.

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