Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Peruvian Recipe: Lomo Saltado

Since we are still in Lent and should be refraining from overindulgence or feasting, I only had a small piece of beef in the freezer.  We haven't had beef in quite a while and I thought it would a welcome change to eat meat instead of the chicken we have been eating lately in every shape and form.

I was in the mood for my mother's home cooking and therefore I made a traditional Peruvian/Chinese dish (otherwise known as "chifa") for dinner last evening.  The dish is "Lomo Saltado"  Lomo is the tenderloin of a meat and saltado means "skipped".  I guess this refers to the stir frying involved.

Getting the ingredients ready

1/2 lb. of good quality beef (preferably the tenderloin), cut into medium sized strips
1 large onion cut into 8 wedges (I used Ewa Sweet onions) Click here to watch a short video starring Ewa Sweet Onions ;-)
1 Green Pepper cut into strips. Usually this dish calls for Aji Amarillo fresco (a fresh Peruvian chili) but I only had ground aji. I substituted the green pepper and two small fresh Hawaiian peppers with the seeds removed.
 2 Medium tomatoes cut into wedges. Be sure to remove the seeds
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tbsp. Red wine vinegar. (I was going to use the wine you see pictured but changed my mind and used the traditional vinegar)
Approximately 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
Approximately 2 tbsp. vegetable oil.

3 or 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into french fries.  Deep fry the potatoes and set aside while you make the beef dish.

In a wok or large cast iron skillet, heat over medium heat.  Add the oil and garlic.  Fry garlic until lightly brown.  Add the beef and raise the heat to high.  Stir fry the beef until it is fried.  Add the onions and continue stir frying for two or more minutes.  Be careful not to overcook the onions.  Add the peppers and stir fry them for approximately two minutes. Again, be careful not to overcook the vegetables.
Add the tomatoes last and stir fry for a minute or two.  Add the vinegar and soy sauce.  Stir fry until well blended and remove from heat.

Green Peppers and  Hawaiian Chili Peppers

Finished Lomo Saltado
Serve with a serving of the beef dish, french fries and white rice on the side.  If may have to adjust the salt a bit.

Serves 4

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