Japanese Blend Stir Fry

It was one of those nights again, when I don't have anything in the fridge except frozen veggies and maybe a slab of meat. This is usually a sign that we need to go grocery shopping again. So I whipped up this stir fry with the "Japanese Blend" veggies I had - and it was delicious!

What you need:
  • 3 to 4 cups Japanese Blend veggies
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced 
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, coarsely minced
  • 1/4 of a Vidalia onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seed, toasted

What to do:

Heat sesame oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Saute the garlic, ginger and onion for about 45 seconds, then add kielbasa sausage. Continue cooking for about a minute, then add the veggies. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring continuously. 

Season the veggies by adding the rice wine, hoisin sauce and beef broth (with corn starch). Turn the heat down to low and let simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, ladle on plates and garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks:

1. Use any vegetables you have! (I added the red bell pepper upon seeing that I had some in my fridge)
2. For a bit of spice, add a dash of red pepper flakes.
3. Substitute sesame oil with canola or vegetable oil.
4. Try it with chicken or shrimp instead of sausage.
5. Too sweet for you? Cut down the amount of hoisin sauce in half.


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