Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beef with Broccoli

***This wasn't so good for leftovers... I think the oyster sauce becomes overpowering. It was really good the night of though. I'll let you know if I ever find a better beef and broccoli recipe.

I have been going to the BCS Asian grocery store a lot recently. There are so many sauces I've never heard of before. So exciting! I love making stir fries (sp?), but I have noticed that they don't taste like real asian food. I want to change that; therefore, I have to branch out to new ingredients. Ok, so the ingredients in this doesn't sound too appealing, but they are! I don't like sushi or fishy fish, so don't worry, Oyster sauce doesn't taste anything like that. I've always wanted to try something on Jaden's website, but some of the ingredients made me nervous. Ree put up one of her recipes, so I knew I had to try it. Amazing.

Beef and Broccoli
Jaden from Steamy Kitchen
Serves 4

1 lb top sirloin or flank steak, thinly sliced into 1/8-in (3-mm)-thick strips
1-1/2 lbs 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)

In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the Beef Marinade. Add the beef and let mari- nate for 10 minutes at room temperature.

In a small bowl, mix together the ingre- dients for the Stir-fry Sauce.

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.

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.

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.

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