Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Beef and Broccoli

Asian cuisine has to be my second favorite (behind Mediterranean/Middle Eastern).  I just love the flavors and how easy it is to create something new.  I have always loved Beef and Broccoli at Asian restaurants, so I created my own version! 

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{Beef and Broccoli}

beef, crock-pot, healthy, Asian, slow cooker
{Placing ingredients in the crock-pot}

beef, crock-pot, healthy, Asian, slow cooker
{Complete this dish by thickening the sauce with cornstarch}

beef, crock-pot, healthy, Asian, slow cooker
 {Serve over brown rice for extra healthy-ness!}

Beef and Broccoli

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 7 hours
Total time: 8 hours

1 pound beef, sliced into strips
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons beef broth, divided
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 pounds frozen broccoli, thawed
Cooked rice
  1. Place beef in the bottom of a crock-pot.
  2. Mix 1 cup beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic together and pour over beef.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until beef is cooked.
  4. Add broccoli about 1 hours before ready to serve.
  5. About 15 minutes before service, drain all liquid from the crock-pot and place in a saucepan on the stove.
  6. Heat liquid until steaming.
  7. In another bowl, mix cornstarch and 3 tablespoons broth until combined.
  8. Add cornstarch mixture to hot liquid.
  9. Cook liquid until thickened, and then add back to crock-pot.
  10. Serve immediately over rice.
It's too bad the hubby doesn't care much for Asian cuisine, but I can tell I am slowly converting him.  Take this dish for instance, he said "it's good" while when he first met, he would have said "what crap is this?!"  Plus, he loves to head to BD's Mongolian Grill on the occasion!  Slow persistence is what it takes to change someone's mind, my friends.

Have you ever changed your mind about a cuisine or a certain food?

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