Friday, January 25, 2013

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli is my 2nd favorite dish at a Chinese restaurant.  I was hungry for some, so  searched the Internet for recipes.  I found this one on  Put it in one of those little square boxes with a wire handle, and you'll think it came from your favorite Chinese restaurant!

Beef and Broccoli
2/3 cup oyster sauce
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 cup stock, beef or chicken
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar 
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 - 1 pound beef round steak, cut into 1/8 inch strips  *Tip:  Cut while partially frozen and it is easier to make the thin slices.
3 Tablespoons oil
1 slice ginger root
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1 pound broccoli, cut into florets

In a small bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, sesame oil, stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch.  Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.  Put the steak in a ziplock bag and pour the sauce in with the steak.  Close the bag and mix all together so that meat is all coated.  Put in fridge at least 30 minutes or even overnight.  
When ready to cook, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over med-high heat.  Put the ginger slice and the garlic in the oil.  Cook for about a minute, then remove and discard.  Stir in the broccoli and toss and cook in the hot oil until almost tender and bright green.  It will take about 5-7 minutes.  Remove the broccoli and add some more oil.  Put the beef and all the marinade in and cook about 5 minutes.  Add back the broccoli and cook and stir another 3 minutes or so.  Serve immediately over hot rice.  

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