Who says I can’t stir fry?
Well, as a rule, I do; I often lack a certain strength of conviction to get my wok or stir fry pan hot enough over high enough heat.
Thing is, this stir fry doesn’t really require that strength of conviction to go hotter, Hotter, HOTTER – just a plan and a couple of simple steps, and an extra platter on on the side. You will still en up with a crisp-tender and wicked tasty veggie side dish that goes just as well with grilled or barbecued chops as it does with Thai-style pork stew.
•1 tbsp cornstarch
•2 tbsp water
•1/4 cup lower sodium tamari
•3 tbsp sherry
•1 tbsp sesame oil
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce, to taste)
•1 tsp Sambal Oelek
•1 tsp Sherry Peppers Sauce (or sweet chili sauce)
•1 tsp Sriracha
•1/2 tsp ground ginger
•4 cups broccoli
•2 cups sweet onion, thickly sliced and chopped
•1 cup shredded carrot
•1 cup celery, sliced
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce
•Canola or peanut oil
Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
Note: keep the whisk handy to give it a quick stir before adding to the veggies.
Heat wok over medium-low heat, add 1-1/2 teaspoon of the oil, onions, celery, carrots, and peppers. Cook until the onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, five to eight minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Increase heat to high, add another 1-1/2 teaspoon of the oil, then the ‘shrooms and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently.
Add the garlic and cook for one or two minutes more. Stir in one tablespoon of sherry peppers sauce and transfer to the bowl with the other veggies.
Add another 1-1/2 teaspoon of oil to the stir fry pan (yeh, I know, a whole lotta “add oil and stir fry and transfer to a bowl, then repeat” – but – it works – and it’s only three turns around the pan and one bowl, so get over it), along with the broccoli and cook for a few minutes until bright green, crisp tender but not overcooked – does anyone really like limp broccoli?
Transfer the veggies and the ‘shrooms from the bowl to the wok with broccoli and stir in the sauce.
Toss to coat well and heat through.
Sure, you can serve this as is, over rice or noodles, or…
Treat it as a side dish and enjoy with steaks or ribs or chicken or seafood, or…
You could add a fourth turn around the stir fry pan with oil and chicken or pork or beef or tofu or what have you before starting on the veggies and ‘shrooms and broccoli.
It’s all up to you, and it’s all good.