Not in New York…Lomo Saltado

As per my job working in the residence halls here on campus, I am spending the second half of my spring break working (on duty) making sure everything is running smoothly and no one is going too too crazy here on campus.

My fellow cooking buddies here on this blog (Tope and Fiona) are taking on the Big Apple this week.  While they are going nuts and hopefully making good choices 😀 I have been able to spend time with my family and my boyfriend.  Tonight we decided to take advantage of this free time and cook up some delicious food.  Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm!!!!! We decided to make the Peruvian classic Lomo Saltado.  (literally translated loosely as Jumping Beef) I had the opportunity to spend quite some time in Peru this past summer with Tope and fell in love with the culture, people, and especially FOOD.  My boyfriend is also Peruvian and we love trying our hands at Peruvian cuisine.

Peru is an amazingly lip-smacking delicious culinary fusion of all types of influences from around the world.  Lomo saltado in particular is a wonderful blend of Peruvian and Chinese flavors.  You have the potatoes cooked in a stir-fry infused with flavors like soy sauce and the Peruvian aji peppers.

We followed the recipe below from About.com and made a few of our own changes 😀

Lomo Saltado:

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (or frozen french fries)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound beef tenderloin
  • 2 red onions, sliced thinly into slivers
  • 1 hot yellow pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 red peppers, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced into thin strips
  • vegetable oil for frying potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1/2 inch thick french fries, and place in ice water. Set aside.
  2. Cut beef into thin 1/2 inch strips. Mash garlic cloves. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and sauté garlic with the cumin for 1 minute.
  3. Add beef and cook on medium high heat until browned on all sides.
  4. Remove beef from heat and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Add the onions and hot yellow pepper to the same pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the onions are soft, adding a little more vegetable oil if needed.
  6. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, and red peppers and cook 2 to 3 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. In a separate pan, fry the potatoes in 1 to 2 inches of oil until golden. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add the beef to the pan with the onions and peppers. Add the tomatoes and heat for 2 minutes.
Almost there

Almost there

  1. Add the french fries to the stir-fry. Serve with rice.

Serves 4 to 6.

The Variations 😀

This is our 2nd or 3rd time making this dish and we always just use regular frozen french fries from the store.  Works deliciously.  Tonight we used chicken from the enormous 10 lb. package my parents purchased for me from Costco the other day!  Charli and I loooove cilantro and use it whenever we can so in the mixing stage (with the chicken, veges., and fries) we mixed in chopped cilantro.  We also just add sauces and such to taste so there is no need worrying about how many tablespoons or whatnot to add of soy sauce or anything.  Unfortunately, we didn’t add the yellow pepper (the aji pepper) because you must take a special trip to a Latin/Peruvian market.  However, they do exist in Salt Lake and one can be found called La Pequenita.  This market is located on 2740 S State St.  We just didn’t have time today, but the addition is certainly worth it.  I am not one for spicy things usually so you just moderate how much of the pepper you use!  Oh, and I always use olive oil instead of vegetable oil.  Sooo much better 😀 !!!

The Dish

Lomo Saltado!

This dish is absolutely worth trying out! Soooo gooooood mmmm!!!!!! You will be happy you did!!!! And your stomach will be thankful!!!!!

For a little flavor around the world, we’ll see you in the kitchen!

Our finished meal 😀

See you in the kitchen!!!!!!!!

-Katie

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