I love my friend, Gail. She is addicted to Survivor, just like me. Loves Dancing With The Stars, just like me. And loves food, just like me. The other night, she made her husband, Les, his favorite meal for his birthday, Pepper Steak. She got the recipe out of a Southern Living magazine in the 1970s so it’s certainly stood the test of time. She says you can use low-sodium soy sauce with no ill effect, but do not consider using salt-free ketchup.
She gave me the recipe the way all good Southern cooks do – a little bit of shorthand, a little bit of guessing and a little dab of this and that. I’ve put it more in standard recipe form.
Gail Kerr’s Pepper Steak
1 ½ pounds round steak
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1 beef bouillon cube
4 tablespoons soy sauce,
1 tablespoon flour
Salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne powder to taste
1 green pepper, sliced into strips
1 medium onion, sliced into strips
Cut the steak into strips and brown in vegetable oil in two to three batches so the meat has room to brown and form a nice crust. Set aside.
Combine the ketchup, water, bouillon cube, soy sauce, flour and seasonings. Add that to the skillet you browned the meat in and simmer for five minutes. Add the meat back and simmer on low heat for 90 minutes. Add the green pepper and onion while you cook the rice.
Serve the pepper steak over rice.