Holy crap. This cookbook can do NO WRONG. I originally saw this on Life as a Wife in the City, a blog written by my cousin Christine, who is the very person who sent me this cookbook last year :) I had some leftover flank steak in my freezer, so this was perfect for the weekend.
Like most stir-fries, this comes together quickly. While marinating the beef in the soy/sugar mixture, I prepared the rest of the ingredients. I served this over brown rice, and due to how quickly this cooks on the stovetop, I put the rice in the boiling water at the same time I started cooking the beef, and both finished up at the same time.
This was SOOOOOOOOOOO good! I don't even eat beef much, and I cleaned my plate! Note that this makes a true 2 servings - if you're feeding more people, make sure to double it! I ended up using slightly more beef, around 9 ounces.
Stir-Fried Beef with Snap Peas and Red Pepper
6 ounces flank steak, cut into 2-inch-wide strips with the grain, then cut across the grain into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoons oyster sauce (found in the Asian section of the grocery store)
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons grated or minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 ounces sugar snap peas (about 2 cups), ends trimmed and strings removed
1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and sliced in 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 tablespoon water
1. Toss the beef with soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar in a medium bowl and let marinate for at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 hour. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, broth, oyster sauce, sherry, and cornstarch together. In another bowl, combine the ginger, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of the oil.
2. Drain the beef, discarding the marinade. Heat 1 teaspoon more oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add the beef in a single layer, breaking up any clumps. Cook without stirring for 1 minute, then stir and continue to cook until the meat is browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the beef to a clean bowl.
3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the skillet and heat over high heat until just smoking. Add the snap peas and bell pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the water, cover the skillet, and cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 1 minute longer.
4. Uncover and clear the center of the skillet. Add the garlic mixture to the clearing and cook, mashing the mixture into the pan, until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Stir the garlic mixture into the vegetables.
5. Return the beef, along with any accumulated juice, to the skillet and stir to combine. Whisk the broth mixture to recombine, and add it to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 30 seconds, and serve.