Ingredients as common to an American household as chunky peanut butter can be used to create fantastic dishes with a unique Asian flavor.
1 pound beef round steaks
4 stalks romaine lettuce
¼ cup roasted salted peanuts
1 tablespoon Canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a frying pan)
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice wine or cooking sherry
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter (We prefer Skippy brand)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon red hot chili oil
Slice beef against the grain into ¼ inch thick pieces. Cut pieces into 2 inch long strips. In a bowl, combine the beef strips with the marinade ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside for at least 15 minutes. Wash the romaine lettuce and cut crosswise into ½ inch strips. Place ¼ cup of peanuts into a small plastic bag and crush them with a heavy knife. Set aside. Crush, peel and finely chop the garlic. In a small bowl combine the sauce ingredients. Mix until it resembles a thick paste. Set aside.
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the marinated beef strips to wok. Stir-fry for approximately 2 to 3 minutes until the beef is medium rare. Add sauce, cook and stir for another minute. Serve hot on a bed of romaine lettuce strips and sprinkle with crushed peanuts on top.
Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes