Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak

Pepper steak is a stir-fried Chinese American dish consisting of sliced beef steak cooked with sliced bell peppers, bamboo shoots and other seasonings such as soy sauce and ginger, and usually thickened with cornstarch. Sliced onions and bean sprouts are also frequent additions to the recipe.

We’re huge fans of homemade beef and broccoli, but no matter how hard they try, some people can’t seem to convert to the church of broccoli. This is the broccoli-free version of your favorite stir-fry and has quickly become one of our favorits. We like  to use both red and green peppers (because they make the dish so dang pretty!), but you can swap in whatever colors you like best. Serve with rice and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner on the table in no time.

Tried making this awesome dish? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

 

YIELDS:

4 SERVINGS

PREP TIME:

0 HOURS 15 MINS

TOTAL TIME:

0 HOURS 30 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

 
1/4 c. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
4 tsp. packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
green bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. freshly minced ginger

Cooked white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

 

1. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add flank steak, season with salt, and cook until cooked through and seared on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove steak to a plate.

2. Add 1 tablespoon remaining oil and red and green bell peppers to the skillet. Cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook stirring until fragrant. Return the beef to the skillet and pour over prepared sauce. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is glossy about 2 minutes more. 

3. Serve with rice.


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Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains.  It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them.  I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I  get a whole plate of them to myself!

I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores.  They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls.  They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry!

But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home.  It’s super easy!  I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well.

Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas.  The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants.  The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper.  Either way they’re delicious!

I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe.  This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags.  Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo.  The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe.

South West Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel.

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Can Corn Kernels, drained

1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste

1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese

1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in large pan.

Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute.

Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft.

Add Chicken, beans, and corn.

Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt.  Mix until well combined.

Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken.

Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.

Set aside and prepare your wrappers.

Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across.

Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style.

Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Fry rolls in oil until golden brown.

Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1 Ripe Avocado mashed

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

This is the best soup I have ever had. It has lots of vegetables, Italian sausage, and even tortellini. Soup is one of my favorite foods and this one tops the list. and it is easy and fast. You will pass this  Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup recipe along to your family and friends.

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Ingredients

1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

1. Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.

2.Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.

3. Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.

 

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Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!

Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!

Ginataang Manok also known as chicken stewed in coconut milk has it’s different kinds of versions but this Filipino signature dish is commonly flavored with ginger and fresh coconut milk. Here in Philippines, a traditional approach requires a native hen that usually grown in the yards, in forests or in mountains because it’s much tastier compared to grocery store chickens and adds more flavor to the dish.

Any kind of Filipino dish that has gata (coconut milk) as a main ingredient is called “Ginataan”. In tropical Countries like my home town Philippines, coconuts are common and abundant so we don’t have a problem processing amazing and fresh coconut milk straight from our coconut trees. This is a very common homemade dish and is usually prepared for lunch or dinner with steamed rice.

This is my version of Ginataang Manok (chicken stewed in coconut milk) Filipino Recipe! Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 pc.  whole chicken, cut into serving sizes

1 can coconut milk (14 oz.)

2 pcs. medium potatoes, peeled, quartered

5 pcs. thai chili peppers, stemmed, chopped

½ pc. green bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips

½ pc. red bell pepper, seeded, cored and sliced into strips

2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced

1 pc. onion, peeled, sliced thinly

1 tbsp. fish sauce

½ cup water

¼ cup cooking oil

1 tsp. salt or salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Heat oil in a wide skillet over medium heat then add the potatoes and cook, until color turns lightly browned.

Remove the potatoes from pan and drain, preferably on paper towels.

Then add the bell peppers and cook, stir frequently, for 20-30 seconds, remove and drain on paper towels.

Remove excess oil from pan and leave about 2 tablespoons.

Then sauté garlic and onions. Add the chicken and cook, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

Add fish sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add coconut milk and the chili peppers, bring to a simmer, lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked and sauce is reduced.

Add the potatoes and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is thickened.

Add the bell peppers and cook for another 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve while it’s hot.

Share with your family and friends.Enjoy!

Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!
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30 mins. 40 mins.
Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 10 mins.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 mins. 40 mins.
Ginataang Manok (Chicken Stewed in Coconut Milk) Filipino Recipe!
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5-6 people 10 mins.
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Servings Prep Time
5-6 people 10 mins.
Cook Time Passive Time
30 mins. 40 mins.
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a wide skillet over medium heat then add the potatoes and cook, until color turns lightly browned.
  2. Remove the potatoes from pan and drain, preferably on paper towels.
  3. Then add the bell peppers and cook, stir frequently, for 20-30 seconds, remove and drain on paper towels.
  4. Remove excess oil from pan and leave about 2 tablespoons.
  5. Then sauté garlic and onions. Add the chicken and cook, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Add fish sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Add coconut milk and the chili peppers, bring to a simmer, lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked and sauce is reduced.
  8. Add the potatoes and cook for about 5-8 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sauce is thickened.
  9. Add the bell peppers and cook for another 2 minutes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve while it’s hot.
  11. Share with your family and friends.Enjoy!
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Callos (Ox Tripe Stew) Filipino Recipe!!!

Callos (Ox Tripe Stew) Filipino Recipe!!!

Callos Recipe or (Ox Tripe Stew) was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. It is a very traditional dish in Madrid, Spain. This savory stew of ox tripe and shank is cooked with spicy chorizo de bilbao and commonly served with olives. 

Although this dish seems a little difficult to prepare because the ingredients are many, the cooking process consist only of sautéeing the garlic and onion then pouring every ingredients one by one then simmering it until it’s cooked. The hardest part is preparing the ox tripe and ox feet. You have to clean the ox tripe if you bought it from the wet market. But in supermarkets, you can buy them already cleaned.

 

Ingredients:

2 lb. ox feet, cut into pcs.

2 cups beef broth (from the boiling tripe and ox feet)

2 pcs. chorizo de bilbao, cut into ¼-inch thick pcs.

½ (15.5 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained

1 lb. honeycomb tripe

1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed

3-5 strips bacon, diced

2 pcs. thai chili peppers, stemmed, minced

¼ cup vinegar

4-6 cups water

1 pc. onion, peeled, quartered

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp. peppercorns

2 pcs. bay leaves

1 pc. onion, peeled and minced

4 cloves garlic, peeled, minced

½ pc. red bell pepper, seeded, cored, cut into cubes

½ pc. green bell pepper, seeded, cored, cut into cubes

1 cup tomato sauce

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tbsp. salt or salt to taste

1 tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Cut and discard any yellowish fat or loose membrane attached on the flat side of the tripe with a knife.

Combine vinegar and salt in a bowl then add tripe and enough cold water to cover, soak for about 50 – 60 mins., drain and rinse well under cold running water.

In a pot over medium heat, add the beef tripe, ox feet and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil for about 10 to 20 minutes. When scum begins to rise, drain in a colander and discard liquid.

Rinse tripe and ox feet, rinse pot.

Place meat in the pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.

When broth clears, add quartered onions, crushed garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat are tender but not falling apart.

In a colander, drain tripe and ox feet. Discard aromatics and reserve about 2 to 3 cups of the broth.

Allow meat to cool to touch. Cut meat off ox bones and slice into 1-inch thick strips. Cut tripe into 1-inch thick strips.

In a pot over medium heat, add bacon.

When bacon begins to render fat, add the chopped onions, minced garlic and chili peppers and cook until limp.

Add Chorizo de bilbao and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned and begins to release color. Add paprika and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.

Add meat from ox bones and beef tripe. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, stir regularly.

Then add the tomato sauce and 2 cups of the reserved broth.

Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 40 to 50 minutes or until meat are fork tender and sauce is reduced at least 1 cup.

Add garbanzo beans and cook until heated through. Add bell peppers and green peas. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until bell peppers are tender yet crisp and green peas are heated through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve while its hot,

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Callos (Ox Tripe Stew) Filipino Recipe!!!
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6 - 8 people 20 mins
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6 - 8 people 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 4 hours and 20 mins
Callos (Ox Tripe Stew) Filipino Recipe!!!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 - 8 people 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 4 hours and 20 mins
Servings Prep Time
6 - 8 people 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 4 hours and 20 mins
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut and discard any yellowish fat or loose membrane attached on the flat side of the tripe with a knife.
  2. Combine vinegar and salt in a bowl then add tripe and enough cold water to cover, soak for about 50 – 60 mins., drain and rinse well under cold running water.
  3. In a pot over medium heat, add the beef tripe, ox feet and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil for about 10 to 20 minutes. When scum begins to rise, drain in a colander and discard liquid.
  4. Rinse tripe and ox feet, rinse pot.
  5. Place meat in the pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  6. When broth clears, add quartered onions, crushed garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat are tender but not falling apart.
  7. In a colander, drain tripe and ox feet. Discard aromatics and reserve about 2 to 3 cups of the broth.
  8. Allow meat to cool to touch. Cut meat off ox bones and slice into 1-inch thick strips. Cut tripe into 1-inch thick strips.
  9. In a pot over medium heat, add bacon.
  10. When bacon begins to render fat, add the chopped onions, minced garlic and chili peppers and cook until limp.
  11. Add Chorizo de bilbao and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned and begins to release color. Add paprika and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  12. Add meat from ox bones and beef tripe. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, stir regularly.
  13. Then add the tomato sauce and 2 cups of the reserved broth.
  14. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and cook for about 40 to 50 minutes or until meat are fork tender and sauce is reduced at least 1 cup.
  15. Add garbanzo beans and cook until heated through. Add bell peppers and green peas. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes or until bell peppers are tender yet crisp and green peas are heated through.
  16. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  17. Serve while its hot,
  18. Share and Enjoy!!!
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