The main thing I learned while making this dish: looks aren’t everything. I got super-frustrated when my creation wasn’t looking like it did in the video recipe I was following, but shortly after the frustration, I was good. . . .
So, this is isn’t exactly a Japanese dish, it just happened to be one of the video recipes from the Japanese cooking series that I’ve been following.
I was immediately drawn to this dish because it’s fairly simple to make: ground beef and pork, mixed with onions, Shiitaki mushrooms, a few seasonings and you’re good to go.
All was great when I started but, frustration kicked in when I had to turn to the stove.
So, supposedly dusting the inside of the green peppers was supposed to keep the meat mixture adhered to it – but that wasn’t really happening and on top of that, the mixture was also sticking to the pan. I definitely had enough oil in the pan, but you know how pans get sometimes. And, yes, using a non-stick pan as was used in the video could have eliminated this setback, but I don’t use non-stick pans.
In any case, once I was able to flip each pepper over, I could tell that all was not lost after all and that I had, instead, added some character to each little piece.
After they were done, I put together a quick sauce to drizzle over the finished product.
I chose to add rice to the side and what an amazing combination it made. The meat was tender, juicy and had a great taste to it – seasoned perfectly. I was a little concerned that the extra sweet sauce on top would be overpowering, but it was exactly what the meat needed to complete it.
That taste was compliment extremely well with the crunchy, spiciness of the green pepper. Such a great combination on the palette from texture to seasoning.
Besides it’s ease to make, it’s extremely tasty and could be served with a combination of sides.
This is definitely a dish that I would prepare again – totally satisfied!