Delicious! We gobbled this one up so fast!

Tasty! We gobbled this one up so fast!
In the past, when our community would gather in the hall to eat, we would eagerly await the food each family would bring. These activities formed the basis of our life in the rural Midwest; it connected us through shared stories, laughter, and most importantly, shared meals. One method that has become legendary in itself is slow cooking peppers and mushrooms. It is a food that represents more than the sum of its ingredients; It is , which represents the warmth, patience and generosity of our country.

  • 2 pounds beef, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 peppers (one red, one green), chopped
  • large onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and fry the beef strips until brown. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Add chopped pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic to the slow cooker above the meat.
  3. Mix the beef and soy sauce in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the beef and vegetables.
  4. Close the lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
  5. About 30 minutes before serving, mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Use this in a slow cooker to thicken the sauce.
  6. Before serving, add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley.
    Variations and Tips
  • For those who like a little more heat, add a teaspoon or two of ground red pepper to the slow cooker with beef and soy sauce.
  • If you’re short on time, the beef can be browned the night before, refrigerated, and added to the slow cooker in the morning.
  • You can add grated carrots or sweet potatoes and peppers to make this dish more filling.
  • If there are leftovers, reheat well and the next day is best. As you sit around the table and serve some of these slow-cooked peppers and mushrooms, remember that you are not only sharing a meal, but also a sustainable culture. Dishes like these remind us of the bonds food can create, connecting friends, families, and communities.

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