A couple years ago, I went to the discount vegetable store and they had an amazing deal on habanero peppers. I bought a lot. I also bought cayenne peppers.
I made & canned pickled cayenne peppers, pickled habaneros, habanero relish, habanero hot sauce and, apparently, a habanero sweet chili sauce that I had completely forgotten about.
All of these things are screaming hot. I like a little spice, but this stuff? I pawn this stuff off onto other people. The hot sauce is so hot, I don’t even bother. The relish is hot, but a tiny bit is edible if there’s dairy near by. The pickled cayenne are okay….I add them to things to spice them up. The habanero sweet chili sauce I had honestly forgotten about until I found half a jar of it in the fridge a couple weeks ago while cleaning it.
Yesterday, I was watching Youtube videos and Linda’s Pantry made a beef & broccoli stir fry, which looked too good to not make….immediately. Not on my meal plan, but plans are meant to be altered, right?
Anyway, nothing would do but that I stir fry beef & broccoli, so I took out the last package of the tough as shoe leather beef roast from Costco that I had cut into steaks and thawed them out (mostly). I grabbed a bag of broccoli, an onion and that half jar of habanero sweet chili sauce.
- 1 lb beef, sliced into thin strips
- 2 TB cornstarch
- 150 gram bag of broccoli or about 4 cups worth, all chopped up
- 1 medium onion, chopped how you like
- some sauce….by the time I was done doctoring the chili sauce to be less volcanic, it was about a cup worth. Satay would work, a vinegar based sauce, a teriyaki, even just soy sauce…whatever makes your taste buds happy
Slice up the beef, put into a bowl or baggie and add the cornstarch. Mix it around really, really well until all the beef is coated and then leave it alone for about half an hour. The beef will absorb the cornstarch and there will be a lovely coating/crust when you cook it.
Chop your onion.
I used a massive frying pan with a lid, got it hot on the stove with some olive oil. Tossed the beef in and browned it.
When the beef was done, I added the onion and a bit more olive oil. When the onions got a little soft (keep an eye on it, you want the onions a little soft but not browned), I added the broccoli.
I stirred things around for a minute or two, added the sauce and plopped the lid on top and left it for 10 minutes.
In case anyone else gets a batch of some crazy hot sauce….I added some rice vinegar, some lemon juice and some peanut butter. It got it down to a spot where I could eat it, but my son & his girlfriend ended up adding some soy sauce which gave them the relief they needed.
Note to self: you don’t actually like the taste of habanero peppers so don’t do that again, no matter how good the deal. 🙂