Beef and Broccoli

As served at Run 1249 (7 August 2012) by Insatiable Thirst.

 


Recipe from http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/broccoli_beef/

Broccoli Beef Recipe. feeds 4-6 as a side dish! But if cooking many other dishes it will feed 8
Ingredients

3/4 pound flank or sirloin, sliced thinly across the grain
3/4 pound broccoli florets
2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil - canola, peanut, vegetable
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced or smushed through garlic smusher
1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

For the beef marinade

1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry) - Substitute with any white wine or just leave it out
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth


1 Marinate the beef: Stir together the beef marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the beef slices and stir until coated. Let stand for 10 minutes

2 Prepare the sauce: Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

3 Blanch the broccoli: Cook the broccoli in a small pot of boiling, salted water until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly.

4 Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and instantly evaporates upon contact. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the beef and immediately spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok or pan in a single layer (preferably not touching). Let the beef fry undisturbed for 1 minute. Flip the beef slices over, add the garlic to the pan and fry for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute until no longer pink, Pour in the sauce, add the blanched broccoli and bring to a boil. Pour in the dissolved cornstarch and cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens, 30 seconds.


reviewer comments:

As part of the marinade for the meat: Just add about a tsp of baking soda. It tenderizes the meat.

Also right before you're ready to stir fry the meat...I also like to give it a dusting of corn starch. This make the meat much easier to brown and gives it a little more texture. 
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using some ginger to give aroma to the dish. Just add the ginger slices while heating the oil.
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doubled the sauce recipe and added onion, fresh ginger and red pepper flakes also some bean sprouts

add some mushrooms.

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