Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Food...without blowing up the house

Yum, Yum!
When thinking about food and summer you think BBQ's, picnics and more summery food. With summer starting recently we wanted to kick off our summer with a great meal. You know one that is what summer is all about. A great light meal...so we made beef and broccoli. It's sooo not a meal to cook on the grill or outside. This was because when summer started we started having problems with our grill and it wasn't quite starting correctly or and at one point we even had the regulator on fire. It could have gone KABOOM, but luckily I was able to turn it off without any incidence. So this limited our summer kickoff. We decided to make a recipe that we loved and that is well worth the time and effort. This is also a common guest recipe because it makes a lot and most people love it. We found the recipe on Pinterest and haven't really changed it at all.

We generally enjoy this with rice, sometimes though we will get Udon a noodle which works equally as well.


Beef with Broccoli 
©2009-2013 Rainy Day Gal (Jenny Miller) 
 
Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour for marinade Cook Time: 8 minutes 
 
First, marinate the meat: 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp water 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 1 1/2 lbs flank steak, sliced into thin strips 
 
1. Whisk together the baking soda, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Toss the steak with the marinade to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, then proceed below. 
 
  • 1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce (Do NOT use regular. The final product will be way too salty) 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tbsp flour 
  • 1 tbsp sherry 
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 heads broccoli, crowns only 
 
What a Start! Look at that juicy goodness!
1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, flour and sherry 
until smooth. Set aside. 

2. In a large wok or saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil over high 
heat until shimmering. Add broccoli and saute 3 minutes, stirring often. Transfer 
broccoli to a plate. 

3. Reduce heat to medium-high. Carefully add the remaining tablespoon of oil to 
the hot pan. Add the marinated meat and half of the sauce mixture and saute for 3-
4 minutes, stirring often, until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Stir in 
the broccoli and remaining sauce. Saute 1 minute more. Serve. 
 

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