Mandarin Beef Stir-Fry
Total TimePrep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min.
I am shocked to see such low reviews for this recipe. I have been making it for years, ever since it was first published in the magazine. I make it at least once a month. I do think there may be a typo on the recipe, though, because one reviewer said 2 cups of peas was too much, and it seems too much to me as well. I don't think it originally called for that much. I am on vacation and decided to make this for dinner tonight, but of course didn't have the recipe with me so I looked for it online. So I don't have my magazine with me to double check the amounts. I would recommend only using about 1 cup. I do make a couple of changes... I like using both green pepper and red (sometimes even orange or yellow too). It doesn't change the taste, it just makes it so pretty! And I add some chopped onion sometimes for added flavor. I also omit the mandarin oranges most of the time. My family doesn't care for them, and I usually don't have them on hand. But if you use the other ingredients in the right amounts and let it sit for the time indicated, it will be really tasty. This meal is not bland at all; I can't imagine why anyone would say that unless they are leaving out the ginger or other ingredients. This is the ONLY stir fry recipe I use.
I'm sure this was healthy, but it tasted that way, too. It was bland even though I had added some red pepper to try to spice it up. The canned mandarin oranges disintegrated into the hot mixture, and the recipe called for 2 cups of snow peas which was WAY too much and overwhelmed the whole dish.
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