Ryan was really intrigued by the "12 Inch Everyday Pan" included with my new set. I think specifically he liked the high domed cover, thinking of the covers on room service trays in movies. (He should get over that. Room service won't be happening in this little corner of the world.) So, I decided to take a meal that I'd normally make under the broiler, and, since we only have 4 people around this week, try it on the stovetop, in the "entertaining" Everyday Pan. I'm not sure which was easier, although I'm quite certain that for more than 4 people, stovetop cooking won't be making a comeback around here any time soon.
Both Ryan and his father dubbed this meal outstanding, and Mark grunted that it was "OK", which is as close as that little weasel ever comes to complimenting food. Yeah, he's the kid who would get all of his nutritional and caloric requirements from a little pellet, if such a thing existed.
SWEET AND SOUR BEEF
2 pounds steak, cut in strips
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, cut in 1/2" chunks
2 tomatoes, cut in 1/2" chunks
2 cups pineapple chunks, with juice
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp instant chicken bouillon powder
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Heat the vegetable oil in a big pan or skillet until it's quite hot. Add the onion and beef, and brown for a very short time. Add the tomato and pineapple chunks, then stir in the sugar, vinegar, chicken bouillon powder and soy sauce. Cook for a minute. Whisk the cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water, then stir into the beef mixture. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Serve over white rice immediately. Warning: this cooks very fast, and the beef will be overcooked if you're not careful. However, if you're looking for a good meal in under 30 minutes, with time to sit and enjoy a lovely beverage for all but the last 6 to 7 minutes, this is it!
Note: I didn't serve the plates before calling the boys to dinner; I merely put the rice on their plates and let them uncover the everyday pot to discover their dinner. They were indeed entertained. Of course, the pan was safely on my passthrough, where it couldn't be spilled on anyone.
And, Paula, this meal is little girl friendly!