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Green pepper steak

from Diane B.’s book, Corvallis, OR


2 lbs of well trimmed top round steak, cut in 1/2″ strips.
2 cloves garlic
2 lge onions
2 lge green peppers
2 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 t. black pepper
2 t. salt
1 c. red wine (burgundy)
5-6 pinches curry powder

Preparation instructions

In a heavy skillet, brown well the beef strips in 2 T. olive oil and a clove of garlic.
In a 2nd skillet, saute the onions and green peppers and garlic. When vegetables are near tender, add the mushrooms and continue to saute until mushrooms are tender. Add the pepper, salt and an additional garlic clove, minced.
Mix the sauteed vegetables with the browned beef and add 1 c red wine. Cook slowly for 1/2 hour. Then add the curry powder and simmer for another hour.
You may eat now or simmer for more time or store overnight when flavor will be even better. Be sure to place curry powder in at least an hour before serving so that it will not taste bitter.
Serve this over white rice and a nice salad.

Submitted by: Diane B

Chicken marsala with pancetta & creme

from Stacy A.’s book, El dorado hills, CA


Olive Oil
2 ounces pancetta (about 1/4 inch thick slice)
4 Mushrooms, Sliced
diced into 1/4 inch cubes
Flower for dredging (about 1/2 gup)
4 thin chicken breast cutlets, about 1/2 pound total
Course salt
Freshly ground black pepper, preferrably on the course side
1/2 cup dry Marsala wine
2-4 tablespoons heavy creme
minced fresh flat leaf parsley (optional)

Preparation instructions

Coat a large skillet lightly with olive oil and set it over medium high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until just crisp and lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon, leave the fat in the pan, and set aside. Put the flower on a plate. Pat the cutlets dry. Season them on both sides lightly with salt and amply with pepper. Heat the skillet with the pancetta fat over medium high. Add more olive oil, if needed, to get about two table spoons. Fatten the pan. When the fat is hot, dredge a cutlet through the flower on both sides. shake off the excess flower and immediately put the cutlet in the pan. Do the same with as many cutlets as the pan will hold without touching. Sauté the rest, adding more oil if necessary. Transfer these to the plate as well. Pour off the excess fat. With the the pan over medium high heat, add the Marsala and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the Marsala is reduced by about a quarter. Stir in the creme and boil until you get a nicely thickened sauce. Add mushrooms and stir. Return the chicken and pancetta to the pan and turn the cutlets over to coat. Let them reheat for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve with the sauce and a sprinkling of parsley, if you like.

Submitted by: Stacy A