Something I’m learning about myself, I really, really despise cooking meat. It just grosses me out. Which, is not saying anything about how I feel about eating meat – because I really really like eating meat. Don’t worry. I promise not to become ALL granola living out here in the mountains. I just don’t really like to cook the stuff.
But I’m trying!
And that starts with learning to cook beef.
I know how to put a steak on the grill.
I know how to cook hamburger in a skillet.
And that’s it.
So when I stumbled across this recipe for Beef and Broccoli, I was bound and determined to give it a chance!
Here’s what you need:
- 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 3/4 pound(s) uncooked lean trimmed sirloin beef, thinly sliced against the grain (there’s a lot of words here I didn’t understand… so I bought some beef that looked like I could cut it into strips… which is probably wrong, someone feel free to jump in and teach me)
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided (I forgot the broth at the store… so I used water)
- 5 cup(s) uncooked broccoli, florets (about a 12 oz bag)
- 1 Tbsp ginger root, fresh, minced (As if. I didn’t own it. Therefore, I went without)
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 1/4 cup(s) water
- 1/4 cup(s) low sodium soy sauce
On a plate, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and salt; add beef and toss to coat.
Heat oil in a large nonstick wok or large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and stir-fry until lightly browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
Add 1/2 cup broth to same pan; stir to loosen any bits on food on bottom of pan. Add broccoli; cover and cook, tossing occasionally and sprinkling with a tablespoon water if needed, until broccoli is almost crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Uncover pan and add ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
In a cup, stir together water, soy sauce, remaining 1/2 cup broth and remaining 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch until blended; stir into pan. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer; simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Return beef and accumulated juices to pan; toss to coat.
Meanwhile, while following those fairly simple steps… I was making some quinoa on another burner so that it all finished right about the same time.
And friends – LOOK AT WHAT IT MADE!
And you know what else? It made for incredible and amazing leftovers the next day. So if you like broccoli and you don’t hate cooking red meat, I’d give this one a chance!