Do you think of the Andes mountains, soccer players eating each other or maybe chickens being roasted in a brick oven? All good answers but not what I'm thinking of.
When I think of Peru the first thing that pops into my head is steak. Specifically, lomos saltado. Lomos saltado is Peruvian style steak that's been marinated in vinegar and soy sauce and then stir-fryed with onions, peppers, tomatoes and spices and fresh herbs.
What you end up with is a whole bunch of tender meat in a vinegary tomato sauce that you traditionally serve over white rice and french fries.
It's delicious, exotic and the french fries make it delightfully white trash.
Try it. You'll never think of Peru the same way again.
- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen French fries (I like the restaurant style myself)
- vegetable oil as needed
- 1 pound beef sirloin, sliced 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick strips
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large onion, sliced into strips
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and sliced into strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 dash soy sauce to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
- 2 cups of white rice, prepared according to package directions
- Combine the 1/2 of the soy sauce, garlic, parsley and vinegar together in a large ziplock bag. Add beef strips and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the bag of French fries according to package directions.
- While the French fries are cooking, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Season the sliced meat with salt and pepper to taste. Sear the outside of the beef until the juices begin to release.
- Remove the meat from the frying pan, then cook the onions and bell peppers, with additional oil if needed, until the onions are transparent. Stir in the tomato and 1 tablespoon of cilantro; cook until the tomato softens. Pour in the remainder of the vinegar and soy sauce, cover, and cook until the beef is done, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with rest of the chopped parsley and cilantro. Garnish with jalapenos and sliced radish and serve on top of the cooked french fries and plain white rice.