We loved this recipe...and it's easy to adjust to your own taste!
For some reason, we craved an old time Hawaii favorite -- Chopped Steak. Everyone had their version of it...this one is close to our grandma's except we thickened the sauce a little too much. Next time we probably won't thicken the sauce this much. Sunday was a PP day for me, so we made our Chopped Steak the "classic" way -- beef and onions.
Grandma sometimes added bean sprouts or celery and carrots. The sauce is basically a teriyaki sauce. It's quick, easy and you can change the beef out for chicken or even tofu. The thickened sauce worked for me because I had it plain....the male half of this couple had his Chopped Steak with a scoop of red rice, so a runnier sauce would have been fine for him.
Serves: 2-4 (we got three servings out of ours)
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 20 minutes to marinate steak
Cook Time: less than 10 minutes
1 lb. beef, thinly sliced (we used a NY Steak and removed the excess fat, not our favorite cut, but it was reasonably priced)
1 yellow onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 t. cornstarch mixed with 1 t. water (optional or you can use less if you want a runnier sauce)
1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce (we used almost a 1/4 c. and filled the rest of the cup with water -- high blood pressure)
2 to 3 t. natural sweetener (we used 2 t., start with 1 t. and taste as you add your sweetener to find a taste you like)
1 t. vinegar
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
Combine marinade ingredients. Add beef and marinate for 20 minutes.
Heat pan over high heat, spray lightly with non stick spray; add onions and cook until soft. Remove onions and set aside. Place beef in pan with marinade. Stir fry until cooked through (ours took 3-4 minutes). If you want to thicken your sauce, remove beef leaving sauce in pan, if you want to leave your sauce as is, skip this step. Add your cornstarch/water mixture, stir constantly and lower heat. Simmer until sauce thickens.
Return beef and onions to pan and stir to coat. Serve as is or over a bed of brown or red rice.
If you're adding vegetables like bean sprouts, we would toss the veggies in after you remove the onions, cook until veggies are tender, remove veggies and continue with cooking your beef, etc.
Enjoy...we sure did!