When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Steak With Peppers

This is a simple stir-fry dish with a very colorful presentation. Yellow, orange and red bell peppers are plentiful in the spring time and full of vitamin C!

Steak With Peppers

1 pound flank steak
1 small yellow onion
½ large yellow bell pepper
½ large orange bell pepper
½ large red bell pepper
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)

3 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Cut flank steak along the grain into 1-1/2 inch wide strips. Angle the knife away from you at a 45-degree angle against the grain and slice the beef into ¼ inch thick pieces. Peel and finely grate the ginger root. In a bowl, combine the beef with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside. Cut the onion into 1 inch squares. Wash, remove stems and seeds from yellow, orange and red bell peppers. Cut the three bell pepper halves into 1 inch squares.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the onions for a few seconds. Add the marinated beef, cook and stir until medium rare for 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers to beef. Stir-fry until the beef becomes slightly juicy and the bell peppers are tender yet still crunchy (approximately 2 more minutes). Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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