Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pepper Steak

(notice the salad with the pepper steak, mom?)
I never thought that I would ever say this, but I really love pepper steak.  All those green things used to make me squirm in my seat when I was a kid.  Somehow, I managed to break free from my carb loaded, veggie free childhood dietary habits and now I enjoy green things.

In my opinion, the best recipes are the simplest recipes.  This pepper steak recipe is very simple and very tasty.  I found this recipe in my favorite, most-frequently-used, go-to recipe book.  It's called "The Family Cookbook".  I love the cover of this cookbook.  It's covered with pictures of all of my favorite people.

Pepper Steak
2 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced in strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds chuck steak fillets, blade steaks, or tenderized round steak
1 cup water
•  1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 In a heavy skillet, sauté peppers in olive oil. Remove peppers; set aside. In same skillet, cook steak for about 5 minutes on each side, or until done. Slice steak and arrange on a hot platter with peppers.  Stir water, Italian herbs, salt, and pepper into the hot skillet, stirring and scraping to get the dregs (brown bits from cooking meat). Boil to reduce to about 1/3 to 1/2 cup. Pour over beef and peppers. Serve with hot cooked rice. Serves 6.

Get your rice going first then work on the peppers while it's cooking.

Six basic ingredients.  Well, seven if you count the water.

Slice the peppers into long skinny strips and saute in olive oil.

Remove peppers and set aside.  Brown the steak in the delicious, green peppery oil.

Thinly slice steak crosswise (against the grain) so the pieces are easy to eat.

Stir in water, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.  Boil to reduce to about 1/3 - 1/2 cup.  

Pour juice over beef and peppers.

Serve with hot rice and a salad to a happy husband.


  1. Way to go, Lisa! And everything is so green! Love it!

  2. I'll trade you some of my paper steaks for some of your pepper steak....PLEASE!!!! ;)

  3. I love it, you guys are eating at like 11 pm at night! Or maybe that is just the post time. oops, didn't think of that. Between projects, mommying, and wifing, do you ever sleep? Your food looks soooo good, even if Im not a steak eater. I like the simplicity of your recipe. That's how I want to cook when I need to feed people. I'll try this with chicken some time. Thanks!

  4. I bet this would be really good with chicken. We actually eat at reasonable hours. Sleep is something that does not happen at reasonable hours. I haven't been to bed before midnight in a very long time. It kind of feels like I'm wasting time by going to sleep before then.