Thursday, November 12, 2009

Perfectly Peppered Steak and a Perfect Night

I was so incredibly excited to meet Patrick, a new customer of mine. He placed an order on Tuesday for Pepper Steak, White Rice, Garlic Brew Bread and Chocolate Oreo Truffles. This order was UBER special because Patrick was going to propose to his girlfriend the next night, over his homemade meal by yours truly!

When I started Meals by Misty, I knew one of my dishes that would rock everyone's world was my pepper steak. I've mentioned before my love for spicy food and it's pretty obvious how fond of meat I am, so this entree is perfect for me.  Oh, I find it important to mention that this is a one pot wonder. Only one dirty dish! Wooohoo!!

I have tried using several different cuts of beef, but have found that my favorite is top sirloin. I season the steak with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder and then brown it in about a tablespoon of oil. While the meat is browning, cut up your veggies. (If you are a wine drinker, now is a good time to get your pour on)

Remove the meat from the Dutch oven and toss in the red onion, green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Add garlic (3 gloves) and 2-3 cups of beef broth.  Now, to make pepper steak taste the way I like it, I go a little crazy at this point. I add a splash of Dale's steak sauce, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a big splash of soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, and a can of tomatoes.

Put the lid on a let it simmer away on med-low heat.  To thicken the mixture, combine 2ish tablespoons of cornstarch and 2-3 tablespoons of the broth in a seperate dish. When the lumps dissolve, drop the thickening agent into the pot and give it a good stir. The color will deepen and the sauce really thickens up. Add your meat in the pot and if you like it hot, add a few drips of hot sauce.

A few clients have requested noodles to go with their pepper steak, but I'm a rice kinda girl. I like it best over fluffy rice with plenty of garlic brew bread for dipping.

I received an email from Patrick today saying last night was perfect so I'm assuming she said yes! 


Fresh Local and Best said...

It's so great to be part of such a special and exciting event! This looks fabulous! Hearty and savory!

Willoughby said...

That looks fabulous! No wonder she said yes!

Kim said...

I am absolutely crazy about pepper steak. How exciting that he took this meal to propose. It's so great that you can make money by cooking and doing what you love. Good for you :D This looks positively crave inducing.

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds like a most fabulous one dish meal. I must try it soon. I adore pepper steak and I love the sound of this version!

Velva said...

Misty, this dish looks awesome. I am going to try your recipe. I will let you know how it turns out.

By the way, how cool is it that she said yes to him? Very cool!

Erica said...

That looks wonderful! Rich and delicious.

Live.Love.Eat said...

The dish looks great and it's just awesome you made a private meal for them. Do you just deliver it hot? Or did he do that part?

Aggie said...

I'm totally making this for my hubby! Going to rock his world :)