Beef and Pea Pods Stir Fry

Stir fry is an easy cooking method for summer nights.  This recipe has just a little prep (marinate the meat for 30 minutes while you are prepping the onions and pea pods).  My family enjoys this mild flavored Chinese dish.  I hope yours will, too!

Beef with Pea Pods (serves 6)

1-1/2 pounds lean beef steak, sliced ¼ inch thick strips

1 large onion, cut in half and sliced

½ pound pea pods, trimmed

1/3 cup light soy sauce

¼ cup cooking sherry or rice wine

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon sugar

Mix soy sauce, cooking wine, cornstarch and sugar in a glass measuring cup.  Place beef strips in a glass bowl and mix in HALF of the sauce.  Reserve the remaining sauce.  Marinate beef in the refrigerator for at least ½ hour (or up to 12 hours).

Heat wok and add 2 tablespoons canola oil, reheat.  Stir-fry beef, until browned.  Add peapods and onions to the wok.  Stir-fry until veggies are tender crisp.  Restir remaining sauce and add to wok.  Stir-fry one minute until sauce is bubbly and thick.  Serve immediately on brown or white rice.

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