Stephen's Sweet and Sour Beef
1 pound lean beef*
2 bell peppers
1 16-ounce can of pineapple chunks or rings cut into chunks
1 cup of cornstarch to coat beef
Approximately 3 cups of peanut or vegetable oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon wine or sherry

Sweet & Sour sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons vinegar
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Cut beef into approximately 1"x2"x1/4" slices. Mix with marinade and let sit for 30 minutes. Slice bell peppers into 1-inch squares.  Mix ingredients for sweet and sour sauce thoroughly and set aside.  Coat marinated beef slices with cornstarch. Fry at medium heat until done.**  Remove and re-heat oil to high. Fry beef again until crisp. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large pan. Stir-fry pineapple and pepper chunks briefly, still leaving the peppers crisp. While still stir frying, add beef, then sweet and sour sauce. Mix until sauce thickens. Serve as is, or with white rice.

*   Other lean meats may be substituted.
** An alternate method is to first cook the beef in a microwave then fry until crisp.

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