Stir-Fried Vegetables With Seasoned Croutons

Category : General

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients (Help):
1 lb Green beans
1/2 lb Mushrooms
1 Red pepper
1 1/4 c Chicken stock
1 tb Cornstarch
1 tb Soy sauce
1/2 ts Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 c Vegetable oil
1 tb Chopped fresh ginger root
2 c Seasoned Croutons

4 sl French bread
1/4 c Butter or margarine
1 Clove garlic
1/4 ts Dried thyme
1/4 ts Dried sage
1/4 ts Salt
Freshly ground pepper

Slice beans and mushrooms; cut red pepper into strips.

In small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup stock, cornstarch, soy sauce, salt and
pepper to taste.

In large skillet or wok, heat oil over high heat. Add beans and ginger;
stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and red pepper. Cook for 2
minutes longer, stirring. Add 1 cup stock; cover and cook over medium heat
for 3 minutes.

Pour cornstarch mixture over vegetables and stir until mixture comes to
boil and thickens. Top with seasoned croutons. Serve immediately. Makes 8

(SEASONED CROUTONS): Cut bread into 1/2 inch cubes. In large skillet,
melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic clove and toss in butter for 1
minute. Add bread cubes and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread is
coated with butter and evenly toasted. Sprinkle herbs, salt, and pepper to
taste over cubes, tossing to distribute evenly. Remove garlic clove. Set
cubes aside to cool. Makes 2 cups
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