If you’re like me, you probably wouldn’t mind Lomo Saltado for breakfast, it’s that good. But could you substitute those French fries for hash browns? It wasn’t even a question for me. I got home with a grocery bag of ingredients for this recipe when I soon realize I forgot to by French fries. I suppose I could’ve chopped up a few of my russets, but when I realized I had hash browns in the freezer, my curiosity dominated my decision making. Lomo Saltado with Hash browns it is!
This dish is Peruvian in nature. Though I don’t follow the intended recipe to a “T”, my recipe is quite good. If you aren’t familiar with this dish, let me break it down for you. This is another one of those “East meets West” kind of recipes, just like the Chow Mein recipe we talked about the other day. Depending on what kind of beef cut you want to go with, you can chop up Mongolian style slices of a filet mignon, beef flank or a chuck, then of course marinate in soy, garlic, cumin and some chopped Jalapeno. In this case, I’m using a sliced chuck cut into 1/8 inch slices. An assortment of vegetables is stir fried and mixed with beef and a secret sauce, then tossed with French Fries and served over rice. And there you have it; Lomo Saltado.
Of course I’m showing you how effective a decent substitute can be. I believe a substitute is effective if the use can be logically explained in a manner that everyone understands its purpose and the flavor still holds its integrity. In this case it’s a TomAto/Tomato scenario. French fries and Hash browns are just salted potatoes. And for argument sake, the Hash browns aren’t deep fried, so it might even be a pinch healthier for you.
Lomo Saltado Ingredients:
1 lbs slice Beef
1 Sliced Bell Pepper
½ sliced Onion
1 Large Tomato or 2 Romas
1 Potato sliced into French Fries or Hash Browns
Fresh Chopped Cilantro to taste
2 cups of cooked long grain rice
2 tbsp of Soy
1 tsp of Hoisin
1 tsp of water
1 chopped Jalapeno
4 chopped Garlic Cloves
½ tsp of Cumin
Saute Vegetable sauce:
2 tbsp of Soy
2 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh ground Black Pepper to taste
Marinate the Beef for 15 minutes minimum, then cook thoroughly. Cook the rice and cook the Hash browns or French fries. Sauté the vegetables in the soy and balsamic, adding the pepper. Mix all ingredients together and serve your Lomo Saltado over rice.