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Orange You Glad

Orange Beef and Peppers-The Duo Dishes

It was Sunday. Time for the usual–relaxation, wine and three hours of ABC’s killer line up. Oh, and dinner too. It is nice to have a good meal while you’re doing all of the above, right? We set about to whip up a little something zesty–a main dish and dessert that would be pretty quick and most definitely tasty. The star in both dishes is orange. Oh how we love citrus! It’s been said time and time again, but it can’t be said enough: We love citrus. We drop the flavor of lemon into savory and sweet platters often enough, but orange is another one that really holds its own in a dish, so we gave him another chance to do his thing. In less than an hour, we were sipping on a glass of red, forking up a good meal and watching the absolutely preposterous and very desperate housewives on Wisteria Lane. And yes, we were glad. Glad to enjoy a few more hours before another manic Monday.

We don’t cook often with beef, so it’s always a pleasant surprise to break out of the routine and try something new on the taste buds. The orange zest and juice are just pronounced enough without overpowering the sauce in this stir fry. We served it over brown basmati rice tossed with a handful of fresh parsley and a good bit of minced ginger, which was a nice combo. We couldn’t wrap up the night without a little something sweet too.  The cookies were a light dessert with a strong almond flavor and a slight bite of orange. They disappeared in less than two days!

Orange Beef with Peppers – Serves 4

1 pound flap steak, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
1 pint mini sweet peppers, sliced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil plus more for frying
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons rice wine
2 teaspoons sriracha
1/2 cup brown sugar
Juice of 1 large orange
Zest of 1/2 large orange
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, separated
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 green onions, sliced

1.  Add grapeseed oil and sesame seed oil to a small sauce pan on medium low heat.   Drop in ginger, garlic, orange zest and green onions.

2.  Once fragrant, pour in soy sauce, orange juice, rice wine, sriracha, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and water.  Cook until sugar has dissolved and sauce begins to boil, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

3.  On a plate or in a separate container, mix cornstarch with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cilantro.  Add beef strips and toss well until each piece is covered.  Let rest for 15 minutes.

4.  In a wok or wide pan, add a small layer of oil (or cooking spray) and once heated, pour in beef strips.  Brown meat for 4-6 minutes and immediately add sliced peppers and yellow onions.   Cook until slightly softened, 2-4 minutes.

5.  Pour in sauce and cook until bubbly and thickened, approx. 4-6 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  (Sauce will continue to thicken as it sits.)

Orange Almond Cookies-The Duo Dishes

Orange Almond Cookies – Approx. 2 1/2 dozen

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Zest of 1/2 large orange
1 egg
24-30 raw almonds
1 egg white
1 teaspoon milk

1.  Cream butter and sugars in an electric mixer.  Add egg, zest and almond extract.  Beat until well combined.

2.  Slowly sift in flour and mix until incorporated.  Chill for at least one hour.

3.  Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough and roll into balls.  Lay on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with fingers.  Press one almond into the top of each cookie.

4.  Whisk egg white with milk.  Lightly brush on top of each cookie.

5.  Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes, or until cookies just begin to brown.  (Be careful as the bottoms will darken before the tops of the cookies, so start with a shorter cooking time depending on your oven.)

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46 thoughts on “Orange You Glad

  1. I have been doing a lot with lemons lately and I like the sound of using oranges more often in cooking/baking. The orange beef looks really tasty!

  2. That is one of those excellent weeknight dishes that I love. This looks delicious.

    Oh and the cookies….*backing away slowly with fingers made into a cross*

  3. Yes! I love nothing better than relaxing and watching my favourite TV shows and eating a great meal. I know it breaks all the conventional nutrition rules (ie doing something else while eating)but I love it! And I’d love this dish! 🙂

  4. My favorite flavor and color in the world! Love me some orange chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, tofu…and the list goes on! My cookies however do not come out so well at times, and your pic of them looks perfect; that I want a bite!…*crumbs just went everywhere*!

  5. What a delicious, comforting meal to settle down with in front of the tv. Those fat, fluffy cookies would disappear real fast in my house too!

  6. I love the orange flavor of things like that.

    Your stir fry looks so good, and very easy to make!

    I added some orange juice to some Thai peanut sauce for a stir fry I made for lunch yesterday and that was pretty good!

    Yours looks so yummy!

  7. Mmm looks delicious! Makes me want some red meat! I don’t prepare it for myself very often either. Maybe once in the past year? Yikes!

  8. I love cooking with oranges. This is great orange beef. I went out for Chinese food last nihgt, but I should have just gone to dinner at your place.

    Those cookies look sooooo good.

  9. Mmm, love the citrus/sriracha combination. You’re so right about cooking with beef – I don’t do it much either, but its really, really good when you do it right. Nice!

  10. I haven’t made orange beef in ages, that sounds so good! I’ll have to get my act together and whip some up.

  11. I am here to offer my support of everything citrus.

    I have never tried it with the zest but definitely going to be giving that a shot.

    Bet this would make a good marinade for grilling too.

  12. Really nice that orange beef …fantastic and the almond cookies wow a good finish to a good meal. thanks for sharing 🙂 xxx

  13. mmm that looks good. I bet this went well with the TV 🙂

    I made your “adult” rice krispies this weekend and we can’t stop eating them. SUCH a great recipe. I accidentally put in too much almond extract (it poured so fast!) but it’s not too noticeable. I’d never used that before and I like the taste! I’ll avoid using too much next time though, haha.

  14. As if the orange beef with Sriracha sauce (one of the best food inventions ever, if you ask me) wasn’t exciting enough, you threw in those good-looking almond cookies. I’m not surprised they were gone in two days.

  15. Beautiful and delicious. I love this Orange Beef with Peppers. The sauce look glistening, hmmmm

  16. I totally get the dinner and TV evening — one of my favorite ways to spend a night! I have to get my American TV fix over the internet, which means if my dinner takes longer than planned I don’t have to worry too much 🙂 I like your orange theme, and am going to give your cookies a try. Almond and orange sound dee-lish.

  17. Oh all this tastiness so early in the morning, it looks fabulous, from the dinner to those delightful cookies. Absolutely perfect!

  18. MMMMM…I have made an orange beef before too,…from Martha Stewart, but I will have to say that yours looks way better!!
    Yummie flavours!!
    & to top that with such a nice & lovely dessert: this is pure delciousness!!!

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