Saturday, March 08, 2008

Peppers

I love flavoring foods with peppers. As I was researching peppers on the internet, I came across a blog with only one post from 2005, however the entire entry is all about using peppers in cooking. The blog is located at http://salsa101.blogspot.com/. I'd also like to share a few recipes using peppers as one of the ingredients:

Spicy Chicken Marinade

1/2 cup Zesty Italian salad dressing
1/4 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup wine vinegar

Place contents into small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring continuously. May be used to baste chicken while barbecuing or broiling, or as a marinade by placing mixture in baking dish and soaking chicken for 30 to 45 minutes, turning once, prior to cooking.

Pepper Steak

2 pounds flank steak
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive Ooil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 green bell peppers, cut into strips
2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into strips
2 onions, cut into strips
6 cloves garlic, grated

Cut beef in half lenghwise, then crosswise into 1/4 inch thick strips. Combine soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Add beef and toss to coat; set aside.

Heat wok over high heat about 1 minute or until hot. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil into wok and heat 30 seconds. Add bell pepper strips and jalapeno; stir-fry until crisp-tender. Remove to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat 30 seconds. Add half of the beef mixture to wok; stir-fry until wel browned. Remove beef to a bowl with peppers. Repeat with remsining 1 tablespoon olive oil and beef mixture. Reduce heat to medium.

Add onions; stri-fry abot 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; stir-fry 30 seconds. Return peppers, beef and any accumulated juices to the wok; cook until heated through.

Jalapeno Bread
(for the bread machine)

1 tablespoon monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 package yeast, active dry
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup flour, unbleached all-purpose
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
7/8 cups water
2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, chopped

Put all ingredients, in the order given, into the bread pan, select white bread and push start.

Audrey :)

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