I thought I'd share this recipe with you all. It is for Peruvian saltado (a stir fry of meats (anything from steak, to chicken, to seafood) with french fries, tomatoes, red onions, green onions, red bell peppers, cilantro - all seasoned with cumin, soy and paprika). The trick is to first marinade the meats in soy sauce and stir fry the meats in a ultra hot wok or pan (in small batches), thus getting a nice caramelization and searing.
2 garlic cloves minced
1 red onion cut into small wedges (separate from each layer)
2 tomatoes cut into wedges
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
1/2 cup of diced green onions
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into thin strips
1 cup of frozen french fries (not shoestring fries)
white wine vinegar
peanut or cooking oil
a few ounces of steak, cut into strips
a few ounces of chicken, cut into strips
a few ounces of seafood (from seafood mix or fresh shrimp)
In a bowl or ziplock bag, place meats and pour a few tablespoons of soy sauce, a few healthy dashes of cumin, and paprika to marinade. Leave for 15 minutes or more. In the meantime, in a wok or deep bottomed pot, heat enough oil to deep fry the frozen french fries (you could also bake the french fries per the instructions on the bag). Cook the fries until crispy golden brown. Drain and reserve french fries.
Heat a second wok (or just drain off all the oil from the first work) until rocket hot. Apply a very thin layer of oil and swirl to coat. Carefully drain each piece meat from the marinade and drop into the hot wok. Do not overcrowd the wok, or you will get a mushy soup instead of a stir fry. Again work in very small batches, the idea is to have very little liquid in the wok so that you get a nice caramelization on the meats. I find it best to just leave the meats to cook without disturbing it for a minute or so per side, to get a light crust to form. Stir fry a few more seconds until aromatic. Remove meat from wok, reserve in bowl.
Heat the same wok until hot (scrape off excess caramelized bits if desired), and apply about a tablespoon of oil. Add minced garlic and stir fry until garlic is just shy of golden brown. Now add the onions and bell peppers. Stir fry a few seconds, but do not allow to wilt. Add a few splashes of soy sauce, and white wine vinegar (not so much that it pools on the bottom). Sprinkle a few liberal pinches of cumin to the onions and stir. Then add the tomatoes and green onions. Sprinkle a few liberal pinches of paprika and stir. You really just want to warm the tomatoes up. Do not to get them too mushy. Now return the cooked meats into the wok and toss to combine. Add the chopped cilantro and then the fries at the last moment. Toss lightly to combine (try not to break the fries).
Serve hot with steamed white rice.
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