Greek Inspired Beef with Feta Cheese and Vegetables

"I invented this as a vehicle for feta cheese. My flatmates were all very impressed when I made it! I'm sure you could substitute chicken for beef if you wanted to. My original plan was to make chicken, but the beef was on special :) Prep time doesn't include overnight marinade."
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  • Combine the ingredients for the marinade (lemon juice, black pepper, salt, oregano, basil, garlic. The recipe gave me trouble in posting, sorry) in a plastic zipper lock bag.
  • A large"freezer" quality bag is best.
  • Add beef to bag, remove as much air as possible.
  • Knead the beef between your fingers to encourage tenderness and to jump start the marinading process.
  • Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Remove beef from marinade, but don't drain it.
  • Heat olive oil in frying pan and cook beef thouroughly.
  • Remove beef from pan, set aside.
  • Use remaining oil to sauté onion.
  • Add salt to separate layers slightly.
  • Add peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes.
  • Re-introduce beef.
  • Cook until tomatoes get tender.
  • This won't take very long.
  • Serve over white rice and garnish with feta cheese and black olives if desired.

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  1. PalatablePastime
    This was truly a different kind of dish for me, like a Greek stir-fry. The flavor of the marinade was good, and the black pepper, although prominent, was not too much. The beef, I felt, could have been made with a more tender cut, any better steak, etc. This was also the first time I ever had cooked cucumber. I'm not sure I cared for that- I think next time I prepare this I will leave it chilled and sprinkle it on top of the dish at the end. I do recommend using kalamata olives in this dish- I think it adds to the flavor. Thanks for posting!


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