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Fennel-Crusted Sirloin Tips with Bell Peppers

October/November 2006, EatingWell Serves Two

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The mild anise flavor of fennel seed is balanced by the rich-tasting pan gravy and peppers. Serve with egg noodles tossed with parsley and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.


Fennel-Crusted Sirloin Tips with Bell Peppers

Makes: 2 servings

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sirloin steak, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, roughly chopped or coarsely ground in a spice mill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium beef broth, divided (see Tips for Two)
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preparation

  1. Rub steak with fennel seed and 1/4 teaspoon salt, turning to coat on all sides. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak in a single layer and cook, turning once, until browned on the outside and still pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  2. Add garlic to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 1/2 cup broth and wine, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add bell peppers, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the peppers are tender-crisp, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup broth and flour in a small bowl. Add to the pepper mixture, increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Return the steak to the pan. Adjust heat to maintain a slow simmer and cook, turning the meat once, about 2 minutes for medium-rare.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips for Two: Leftover canned broth keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broths in aseptic packages keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces and stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them drying out.

Nutrition

Per serving: 327 calories; 15 g fat (4 g sat, 9 g mono); 55 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 3 g fiber; 364 mg sodium; 719 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (380% daily value), Vitamin A (70% dv), Zinc (33% dv), Potassium (21% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
Mediterranean
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
2
Main Ingredient
Beef
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Meal/Course
Dinner

Style/Theme
Cooking for 2
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