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Fierce Foodie: Looking For A Yummy, Easy Group Meal? Try Pepper Steak!

Pepper steak is just yummy.  Unless you hate the taste of cooked peppers or don’t eat steak, it is almost impossible not to like this dish.  Summer or winter, spring or fall, it is an easy and delicious dish to feed a crowd, or just a few.  All the picky eaters I know enjoy it.  Even small children will often eat the strips of tasty beef.  My sister’s best friend Elisa was not only kind enough to make it during our Hamadani family vacation, but she generously provided me with her family recipe.  Here’s a picture of her with the yummy fruit of her labors.

Elisa’s Pepper steak

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce

1/3 cup soy sauce

½ cup ketchup

1 tbsp tomato paste (or use 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in cold water to thicken)

2 cups water or beef broth

1.5 pounds thin sirloin top cut beef for braising

3 bell peppers (all green, or 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red or orange), chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp cooking oil


Cut beef into thin strips and marinate in teriyaki and soy sauces.  Cover and refrigerate.  Sauté onion in oil in large skillet over low to medium heat until translucent, then add garlic.  Add beef, reserving marinade.  Cook until beef is no longer pink, then add tomato paste, ketchup, peppers, reserved marinade, and 2 cups of water or broth.  Cover and simmer on low for 30 to 40 minutes.   Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve over white rice.  Even better the next day, if you have any left over.