Smothered Beef and Onions

In the classic preparation, you can use any type of stew beef because you simmer the meat until it's just as tender as a fine filet. I cut out this lengthy method and spice it up a bit to present you a dish that still is representative of classic Smothered Beef and Onions, but with a pepper kick fighting right alongside three different onions, amplifying the flavor.

Smothered Beef and Onions

Prep Time

80 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

2 people

Well worth your patience and time, the preparation of true Smothered Beef and Onions results in fall­-apart tender beef and the great taste of seasoned onions with beef gravy blanketing the entire dish.

In the classic preparation, you can use any type of stew beef because you simmer the meat until it’s just as tender as a fine filet. I cut out this lengthy method and spice it up a bit to present you a dish that still is representative of classic Smothered Beef and Onions, but with a pepper kick fighting right alongside three different onions, amplifying the flavor.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sherry
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 8 ounces cubed beef
  • 3 tablespoons beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons sherry
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic in oil
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, julienned
  • 1/2 small red onion, julienned
  • 8 green onions, cut into 2-inch segments

Preparation

  • 1 Whisk first 3 ingredients together along with 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Add the beef cubes in the marinade and let soak for 1 hour.
  • 2 Meanwhile, whisk together beef broth, 2 teaspoons sherry and tomato paste: set aside. Heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium­high heat.
  • 3 Remove meat from marinade, shaking off excess liquid and very carefully add to skillet along with the garlic. Discard marinade.
  • 4 Stir fry meat until no longer pink in the middle, about 2­3 minutes, depending on how large the beef cubes are.
  • 5 Add the onions and cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly, or until onions are crisp tender. Add the tomato paste mixture and cook one additional minute, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  • 6 Remove and serve hot.* I highly suggest flat­iron, top round or sirloin for a tender, rather inexpensive cuts of meat. Of course using tenderloin or porter house are the best choices, but a little pricey.

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