Since mushrooms are in season right now and popping up in recipes everywhere, I picked up a bunch from the farmer’s market and have used them in several dishes recently. The first was Kevin Gillespie’s creamless corn, which turned out okay but the one that was the biggest success was the Beef, Shitake, and Snow Pea Stir Fry from October’s Bon Appétit.
I do a lot of Asian inspired cooking so luckily I had all of the sauces on hand for this one. If you plan to do a lot of Asian cooking, I highly recommend investing in some Asian sesame oil since it adds such a distinct flavor to the dish (and smell to your kitchen!). You can also pick up hoisin sauce at any grocery store these days for about $3 a bottle.
I love using Chinese five-spice powder because it covers all five flavors of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty to balance the yin and yang in food. You can find it in some grocery store ethnic sections but I found mine at a Chinese supermarket.
I followed the recipe as written, but instead of snow peas, I used sugar peas because that’s all I could find at Trader Joes. I also substituted Sambal Olek (an Indonesian chili sauce) for the chili-garlic sauce since that’s what I had on hand and it adds more of a kick. All in all it took me about 20 minutes to get this together.
My picture isn’t as good as Bon Appétit’s, but just bear with me until I get a better camera than my iPhone…
Beef, Shitake, and Snow Pea Stir Fry
- 1 1-pound top sirloin steak, cut into 2-inch-long, 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 12 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thickly sliced
- 8 ounces snow peas
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced, divided
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, divided
- 5 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and mushrooms; stir-fry until mushrooms are tender, about 3 minutes. Add beef to skillet; stir-fry until beef browns but is still pink in center, about 1 minute. Add snow peas, half of green onions, and half of cilantro; stir-fry 1 minute. Stir in hoisin, chili-garlic sauce, and five-spice powder; sauté until peas are crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and cilantro.