Thursday, January 27, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Pepper Steak

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Here's another great recipe from my mom.  For those of you who are new to Frugal Follies, you might not have heard about the great project my mom did.  She compiled all of her recipes - those she modified from cookbooks or magazines, learned from her own mother, or created herself - bound them into notebooks, and gave copies to her two daughters and her daughter-in-law.  So now I have a wonderful book of my mom's recipes - and I've been adding to it, too!

So here is her recipe for pepper steak (with a few changes from me).  Yum, the sauce over rice is divine!  I haven't made this too often as I haven't had much beef in the house, but when I buy some (on sale, of course!) this is one of my favorite recipes to make.


1 pound skirt steak, cut into thin strips
1/3 cup canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
1 green pepper, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 4-oz can mushrooms, drained
1 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup water

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Brown steak strips in oil.  Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until softened; do not let garlic burn.  Add soy sauce, pepper, and 1/2 cup water.  Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low.  Cook, covered,  for 30-45 minutes until the meat is soft.  Add vegetables and cook 10 minutes longer. 

In a lidded bowl, combine cornstarch and water.  Put the lid on the bowl and shake until the cornstarch is combined well wth the water.  Remove the lid and pour the cornstarch-water mixture into the skillet.  Stir well.  Cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve over brown rice.

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April J Harris January 27, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

Your Mom's pepper steak sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

By the way, I'm co-hosting a new foodie bloghop on Fridays called Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home - I hope you will come and join us!

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) January 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM  

I'm sharing my recipe for Zucchini Lasagna this week. It would be very frugal if you grow your own zucchini!
This recipe is gluten free and low carb because zucchini takes the place of the lasagna noodles.
Thanks for hosting!

Miz Helen January 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM  

Hi Laura,
Your Pepper Steak looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

a moderate life January 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

Laura! that is an awesome thing your mom did! I totally would love to have one of those from my mother who always cooked traditional foods when I was a kid! I am going to encourage her to compile it! very neat idea. My recipe this week is a way to use left over spaghetti sauce, its a great mark bittman recipe for baked ziti with meat sauce and I made it with gluten free brown rice noodles. All the best, Alex

annies home January 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

love finding frugal recipes that are filling and great tasting I think I will try this one soon

Jessica Ammons January 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

oops! sorry for posting my savings in the recipe linky..i thought i'd scrolled down far enough, and of course hit the enter button and knew i'd done it in the wrong place!

Unknown January 28, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

@Bizzy - thanks for the compliment! I love for all of you to visit and leave comments!

Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free January 29, 2011 at 11:32 PM  

There are such good ideas here -- you're inspiring! The Chicken Vegetable Soup with Spinach I've entered is a good answer to your challenge to use what's in the this case, my refrigerator/freezer. The ingredients are all things most likely to be on hand, nothing very special -- but it turns out filling and flavorful.

Camilla M. Mann January 31, 2011 at 11:47 PM  

Looks delicious. Visiting from Fudge Ripple's Tuesday Night Supper Club. Thanks for posting!

Wendy February 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

I love pepper steak! Just stopping to say thanks for linking up to Tip Day Thursday last week. Sorry that I'm a bit late.

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HaleyLeann February 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

Yummy! I love that you used so many veggies in this! Thanks for sharing and linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!

The Wise Alternative 918-836-0565 February 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

I haven't had pepper steak in years but after seeing your's I will be very soon! Looks great..

Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

Hunger and Thirst February 2, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

Oh, how special! I really wish I had a recipe book like that from my family. What better than a treasure you can use. We eat pepper steak in my family, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Unknown February 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

wow...this looks like a delicious recipe! i've never tried it and i am a big fan of green peppers. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

Holly Lefevre February 5, 2011 at 1:16 AM  

What a great gift from your mother. This recipe sounds amazing. A new one for me to make for hubby!

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