This is a good recipe for when young asparagus and fresh fava beans are in the stores. If fava beans are not available, use defrosted edamame or green peas. You do not need a vegetable side dish with this. Serve with rice or noodles. Try this dish with boneless chicken breasts too.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound beef sirloin steak or tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
12 ounces asparagus, tough ends removed, cut into 2-inch lengths
8 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 cups beef or chicken stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
1 pound fava beans, (see note below)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add beef and sear, turning, for about 4 minutes or until browned on all sides and rare in centre. Remove.
Add asparagus, shiitakes and red onion to skillet. Stir-fry vegetables for about 2 minutes or until slightly browned. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
Add stock and soy sauce and boil for 2 minutes or until asparagus are tender-crisp. Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook until sauce is thickened.
Return beef to skillet along with fava beans and simmer together for a few minutes or until beans are warm and beef is medium rare. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and chives.
Note: To prepare fava beans, peel off the outer pod. The beans nestled inside still have a tough skin. Bring a pot of water to boil, add favas and bring back to boil. Drain and rinse with cold water. The tough skins will slip off revealing a vibrant green bean that needs hardly any cooking.