“Sleeping to escape reality…”

Ahh, precious, elusive sleep. I got maybe 5 hours Monday night. I went to bed before 10, stomped downstairs around 11:15, and finally crashed between 1 and 1:30 Tuesday morning. Fun times, I tell ya. Feckin’ insomnia. All day long, I had that heavy-lidded, slightly sick/I’m-coming-down-with-something feeling that always accompanies a lack of sleep.

Last night I made the decision while I was waiting for the repair guy to come out and look over our washer that I would NOT be cooking, and that we’d be heading out to eat. As usual these days, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings. Tonight, though, I decided we’d get back on track and I’d make a recipe that I came across in this month’s Food & Wine magazine–In an ad promoting travel to Peru, of all things.

Peruvian Steak & Potato Stir-Fry.

A nice twist on the traditional meat & potatoes combo that my husband and child seem to favor, that I’m trying desperately to move us away from, although if I could eat this every other night, I would do so happily. I inhaled a portion twice the size of what’s in the photo.

I would’ve liked to have tried the pickled jalapeños as the original recipe suggests, but I subbed one from our garden instead. It meant doing a tiny portion separate for the bambino, as I don’t think he’d’ve cared for the heat. I also ended up using dried cilantro, as I almost never keep fresh on hand.

It was good. Really good. Like, make-this-now good.

Peruvian Steak & Potato Stir-Fry

Yields 3-4

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • oil for frying
  • 8 oz. frozen shoestring French fries
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • Hot sauce, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, cumin, coriander, garlic, onion powder, and salt & pepper. Slice the steak into 4 pieces, then cut each piece against the grain into 1/2-inch strips. Add to the bowl, toss to combine, and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4-inch of oil until shimmering, then add the French fries. Fry until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and set aside.
  3. Heat a large griddle over high heat. Add the steak and jalapeño, stir-frying until the meat is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato, and cook until soft, about 1 minute. Add the French fries, cook for about 1 minute, sprinkle with the dried cilantro, and serve with hot sauce.
Cuisine: Peruvian | Recipe Type: Main dish, dinner, Peruvian

I seriously cannot wait to get back to the grocery store, just so I can get another steak and make this ASAP. Or, like I told Jay, I’ll get two steaks so I can double the recipe!

4 thoughts on ““Sleeping to escape reality…”

  1. Looks great! The sauce actually looks light enough. Yum! It has been so hot, I have been opting to make pasta with veggies. I load up one cup of pasta with twice as many veggies and I don't feel so deprived! 3 days to wiegh in, are you still on it? I need some good ideas!
    • Indeed I am. I started to calculate the recipe out, and I'm going to guess it's about 8 or 9 points/serving. Not horrible--And there's a few other veggies in there! I've got a few more days till weigh-in...Hopefully I don't fall off the wagon over the weekend!
  2. That looks really good! And my husband's favorite type of french fries too. My subscription to Food & Wine just started -- I got the October 2012 issue the other day. So much good stuff I don't even know where to start. On the sleep thing, I've been having lots of issues too...finally started taking melatonin and it's been helping so much the last couple of days.
    • It IS really good. I don't usually get that excited about dishes, but I really cannot wait until I make this again. Ooh, I got my F&W a couple days ago, but haven't looked through it yet. I find all sorts of good stuff in there! I probably should see a doctor about my insomnia...I've suffered with it for years & it runs in my family. I've just learned to live tired!

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