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Monday, December 20, 2010

Beef with Broccoli

Normally, on the weekends, I make very impressive and culinary foods. Grilled cheese, homemade pizza, lots of pasta...pretty much quick and easy, tried and true recipes that don't require much effort. I'd rather spend the time with Dan and DJ than in the kitchen than with a bunch of dishes. When I found beef on sale while picking up some quick groceries, I had to buy it and I had just the perfect recipe in mind. I made a double batch of the stir fry sauce because I like sauce to mix in with my rice. I normally would make a chinese fried rice, but with the weekend I just didn't feel like putting in all the extra time, effort, and dirty dishes. It was nice to have Chinese food without the take out price. Overall, a keeper. I am on a roll!

1 lb (500 g) top sirloin or flank steak, thinly sliced into 1/8-in (3-mm)-thick strips
11/2 lbs (750 g) broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
1 tablespoon high-heat cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cooking oil
Freshly ground black pepper to season the beef

3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)

1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the Beef Marinade. Add the beef and let mari- nate for 10 minutes at room temperature.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the ingre- dients for the Stir-fry Sauce.
3. In a wok or large sauté pan, add 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cover to steam for 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green, crisp tender and you should be able to pierce the stem with a fork. Drain.
4. Discard the water in the pan and dry the pan well. Set the pan over high heat and when hot, add the high-heat cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the garlic and fry for 15 to 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the steak strips, keeping them in one layer and fry 30 seconds. Flip the strips and fry the other side.
5. Pour in the Stir-fry Sauce and stir to combine. Simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 30 seconds. Add the cooked broccoli back into the pan and toss to coat well.

Source: Jaden's Beef with Broccoli as posted on The Pioneer Woman , from Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

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