Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lighter Beef and Broccoli

It's not often that I have a craving for beef, but once or twice a year I do and my choice is often Broccoli and Beef.

This is a really quick and easy recipe, especially if you prep the sauce, beef, and vegetables ahead of time.  It's also easily adjustable.  Next time, I'll add more garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper.  Also, I think I'll add some grated fresh ginger.

See the link below for step-by-step instructions and her beautiful photography.  Also, her recipe is gluten-free.

LIGHTER BEEF and BROCCOLI (4 servings)

1 - 1 1/4 pound flank or sirloin steak, or something similar, cut very thin against the grain (for easier slicing, leave in the freezer for 15-20 minutes)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
2 1/2 Tbsp flour, divided
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
3 cloves minced garlic (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp ground ginger (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water, divided
4 cups broccoli florets
2 Tbsp high-heat cooking oil (vegetable, grapeseed, etc.)
cooked rice, for servings
chopped green onions, dark part only, for garnish

Add sliced beef, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 Tbsp flour to a ziplock bag; zeal and squish to evenly coat.  Place the bag in the fridge to marinate while preparing sauce.

Add remaining 1/2 cup soy, 1 1/2 Tbsp flour, chicken broth, brown sugar, 2 Tbsp water, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ground ginger, fresh ginger (if using), and red chili pepper flakes to a bowl, then whisk to combine.

Heat a large wok or non-stick skillet over medium-high to high heat then add remaining 1/4 cup water.  Once simmering, add broccoli then stir fry until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes( don't overcook or you get ugly dark green instead of bright green).  Remove to a plate.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in wok then, once hot, add 1/2 the marinated beef in one layer.  Let sit undisturbed until seared, 30 seconds, then stir fry until just barely cooked through (some pink showing is best).  Remove to plate with broccoli.  Heat remaining Tbsp of oil, then stir fry remaining beef and add to plate.

Add sauce to wok then simmer until slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes.  Add cooked broccoli and beef back into the wok and then simmer until everything is heated through, about 1 minute.  Serve over cooked rice and garnish with chopped green onions.

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