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First Place – Laura Saint, Austin High School

Published 4:41pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Beef

2 cups carrots chopped or diced

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks (save juice)

3 Tbsp. oil

1 pound boneless beef (preferred cut) cubed

1/2 tsp. dried red flakes

1 large onion chopped

3 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 large green & red pepper chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

sliced pineapple

Marchino cherries (garnish)

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cider vinegar pineapple juice, soy sauce and garlic; heat oil in a skillet, brown and season beef cubes with salt and pepper; put beef in slow cooker with carrots and onions; pour juice mixture over veggies and meat; cook on high 3-4 hours until tender; dissolve cornstarch in cold water; add in cornstarch, pineapple chunks and peppers; cook 30 minute until tender; garnish with pineapple and cherries.

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