AlexanderG’s Shaken Not Stir Fry
or: A Quantum of Stir Fry
I’ll be the first to cop to being a pretty boring cook. Unless it was toast, eggs, spaghetti or something you could put on the grill I was reliably Dr. No. However, one evening in a fit of inspiration I gave my wife a break and created this dish using ingredients we had on hand. It’s now a family favorite (at least I think it is).
The shot of vodka is really the only thing remotely tied to James Bond, but hey, it sounds cool. Tastes alright, too.
Have fun with this—you don’t need all these ingredients (you may not eat meat–hey, whatever works for you) or you may want to add some ingredients of your own. It’s really up to you. After all, you only live twice, 007.
Your License to Kill…The Ingredients:
1 medium-sized red, yellow or white onion, chopped
1 medium-sized red pepper, chopped
1 medium-sized green pepper, chopped
1 medium-sized yellow pepper, chopped
1 clove of fresh garlic, chopped
Optional: Fresh diced tomatoes, chopped
¾ cup of olive oil*
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
* Or 1/4 cup butter
1-2 tsp crushed black pepper
1-2 tsp kosher or sea salt
14 oz. summer “rope” sausage or kielbasa, sliced
Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 shot of vodka
3 cups No Yolks egg noodles
5 cups water
From Q…The Tools:
1 medium-sized skillet
1 medium-sized pot
Walther PPK (Kidding…)
- Heat olive oil and balsamic vinegar (or if you choose, melt REAL butter—if you use margarine I don’t know you) in a medium skillet over low heat. Add onion, pepper(s), garlic (tomatoes if you choose) and sauté all over low heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add sliced sausage or kielbasa—they should resemble little coins of flavor amidst a sea of veggies. Move the pieces around in there frequently.
- Season with Louisiana Hot Sauce, black pepper and salt to taste, stir frequently.
- Add 3 cups of egg noodles (or noodles of your choice) to 5 cups boiling water. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender.
- Cover skillet and let cook 10 minutes—especially good when sausage starts to blacken at edges. Juice should be red and taste a little spicy. Add more olive oil and vinegar if necessary.
- Drain noodles.
- Try not to let the skillet contents overcook, as vegetables will become too soft.
- Add shot of vodka just prior to serving, stir.
- Serve vegetables, sauce and sausage over noodles in wide bowl. I prefer chopsticks, but it’s a little labor intensive. (Keep in mind, though, the chopsticks are an effective weapon in case Blofeld and his cat shows up uninvited.)
- Serve with wine, beer, Vesper martini or any other beverage.
Enjoy and try not to let it drip on your tuxedo—Moneypenny will notice!