Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beef and Broccoli

This is another great recipe that has me never wanting to go back to a Chinese restaurant again. This was made and at the table in less than 30 minutes. The rice is what took the most work. It is also a very cheap dinner and definitely cheaper and more healthy than going out to a restaurant.

The beef has an excellent marinade that gives it the flavor you are looking for without being overly sweet. You can easily add more vegetables to this dish or serve it over brown rice to suit your tastes. I was just looking for the traditional beef and broccoli. I now have added another winner to my Chinese recipes. The others we have tried and LOVED are the Sweet and Sour Chicken and  Skinny Sesame Chicken. Now that I have discovered all of my favorites, I need to focus more on Ethan's, Orange Chicken and Cream Cheese Ragoons. Maybe next week...

The only kicker with these recipes is that do have some ingredients that are pretty specific and important to get the taste you are looking for. Some may seem different to you, but I think you will be surprised how many you can find in your local grocery store. I did not have to make any trips to our specialty markets to find these ingredients. The great thing about buying the ingredients is that they will not expire for a while and you can try your hand at making many other great recipes, instead of eating out! I noted the ingredients which I think you can replace with more common items without compromising the flavor of this dish.
Source: Bewitching Kitchen

1 pound of Flank Steak, thinly sliced across the grain
1 pound of Broccoli Florets
1 clove of Garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil or Vegetable/Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of Cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water

For the Beef Marinade:
1 teaspoon of Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon of Chinese Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
1/2 teaspoon of Cornstarch
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

For the Sauce:
2 tablespoons of Oyster Sauce
1 teaspoon of Chinese Rice Wine or Dry Sherry
1 tablespoon of Soy Sauce
1/4 cup of Chicken Broth or Water


First, get out a medium size bowl and add all of the ingredients for the beef marinade. Toss the beef with the marinade and let sit for ten minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

Next, get out a small bowl and mix all the ingredients for the sauce together. Set aside.

Now, bring a saucepan filled with water to a boil. When it is boiling, place the broccoli in for 2 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

Next, heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat add the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the beef to the pan, spread them apart so they are not touching. Let the beef cook for minute undisturbed, flip the beef and add the garlic in the pan and fry for 30 seconds-1 minute until the beef is cooked thoroughly.

Now, pour the sauce and broccoli to the pan and bring to a boil. Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and cook until the sauce boils and thickens, about 30 seconds.

Eat plain or serve over rice.


Happy Cooking,
The Barbee Housewife

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