HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT PEPPER STEAK
Preparation Time: For approximately 15 minutes.
Cooking Time (High): 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Cooking Time (Low): 5 to 6 hours.
Total Time (High): Approximately 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes.
Total Time (Low): Approximately 5 hours 10 minutes to 6 hours 15 minutes.
Servings: Serve about 4 people.
Step into a world where culinary artistry meets the comfort of home-cooked goodness – presenting the tantalizing Crockpot Pepper Steak. This recipe is an ode to the slow simmering process that transforms mere ingredients into a symphony of flavors and textures. Imagine strips of tender flank steak, meticulously seasoned with the timeless duo of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, each piece promising a savory embrace with every bite. But this dish doesn’t stop at the steak. It’s a harmonious collaboration of colors and nutrients, as the vibrant red and green bell peppers elegantly intertwine with the medium white onions. Their journey begins in the confines of a Crockpot, where they tenderize and meld into a tapestry of tastes.
In a culinary alchemy, the magic of low-sodium beef stock, combined with the subtle depth of soy sauce and the comforting sweetness of brown sugar, creates a robust elixir that infuses every ingredient with a hint of umami and richness. The rice wine vinegar adds a delicate tang, while the sesame oil bestows an Asian-inspired subtlety that elevates the dish beyond the ordinary. As hours pass in the embrace of the Crockpot, the aromas weave a tale of anticipation. The steak becomes an offering of tenderness, the peppers and onions a chorus of flavors, and the amalgamation of broth and seasoning a masterpiece of taste. The process is not just cooking; it’s an invitation for your senses to embark on a journey.
And for those who desire an encore of flavors, there’s an optional act. A slurry of cornstarch and cooking liquid transforms the savory elixir into a thicker, more indulgent sauce. It’s an invitation to customize, to orchestrate the final act of this culinary symphony according to your taste. As the final curtain rises, the Crockpot Pepper Steak takes its bow. It is a spectacle meant to be shared, meant to create lasting memories around the table. A bed of cooked rice serves as the canvas, upon which the symphony is showcased. The garnish of sliced scallions adds a touch of freshness, while white sesame seeds sprinkle elegance. In a world that rushes, this recipe is a reminder to slow down, to savor each bite, and to appreciate the magic that happens when simple ingredients meet time and technique. The Crockpot Pepper Steak isn’t just a dish; it’s a story told through taste, an experience etched in flavor, and an invitation to embrace the artistry of cooking.
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
One large red bell pepper, cut into slices.
One large green bell pepper, sliced.
One medium white onion, thinly sliced.
1 piece of garlic (about 2 inches), cut into quarters.
Two garlic cloves, peeled and crushed.
1 cup of beef stock, preferably low-sodium.
1/3 cup of soy sauce, preferably low-sodium.
1/4 cup of brown sugar.
3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar.
3 tablespoons of sesame oil.
Optional: 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
Cooked rice, for serving.
Sliced scallions, for garnish.
White sesame seeds, for garnish.
Begin by seasoning the flank steak with salt and pepper, and in a large Crock Pot, combine the steak, bell pepper, onions, ginger, and garlic. Mix beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil separately. Season with salt and pepper, then add to the Crock Pot.
Place the lid on the Crock Pot and cook on high for 3.5 to 4 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours, until the steak becomes exceptionally tender. Take out the pieces of garlic and ginger.
For a thicker sauce (optional): Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cooking liquid to create a slurry. Stir it into the Crock Pot, cover, and cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Finally, serve the dish over rice and top it with sliced scallions and white sesame seeds for garnish.
– Meat Quality: Choose high-quality flank steak for better results.
Searing Option: Consider searing the steak before slow cooking for added flavor.
– Fresh Ginger: Use fresh ginger for an extra flavor dimension.
– Vegetarian Twist: Replace steak with tofu or tempeh for a vegetarian version.
– Herb Garnish: Finish with fresh herbs like cilantro or Thai basil.
– Grain Swap: Serve over quinoa, cauliflower rice, or noodles instead of rice.
– Extra Crunch: Toss in veggies like snap peas or water chestnuts.
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