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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Asian-Inspired Beef & Broccoli

Our upcoming episode will feature Asian-themed cuisine!

Here's a sneak peak at one of the recipes!  

Ginger & garlic & soy sauce--what's not to like?

Today's Playlist
  • "So Far Away"...Social Distortion
  • "On The Road Again"...Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
  • "Holiday"...Green Day
  • "When I'm Gone"...Three Doors Down
  • "Perfect Situation"...Weezer
  • "Last Night"...The Strokes
  • "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"...Jet
  • "Hypnotize"...The White Stripes
  • "Sixteen Saltines"...Jack White

Beef & Broccoli with Garlic/Ginger Sauce (Serves 6)
  • 2 lbs flank steak, sliced across the grain
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil (plus 1 teaspoon for sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 scallions, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

Gather your ingredients.  Slice the steak. Wash and slice the veggies.

Place the corn starch and sliced steak into a Ziploc bag.  Zip the bag and shake until the beef is coated.

It doesn't have to be perfect, as long as the pieces are coated you're good to go.  Set aside while you mix up the sauce.

To make the sauce:  heat 1 teaspoon of canola oil in a small saucepan on medium/high heat.  Crush in the garlic, add the grated ginger and give it a quick three-second stir.  

Immediately add the water, soy sauce, brown sugar and pepper flakes.  

Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.  This is a quick process, don't worry about cooking or thickening the sauce--it will thicken later when you add it to the beef.  Right now, you just want the sugar dissolved.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium/high heat.  Add the beef and cook until it is browned, stirring constantly.

When the beef has browned (it's okay if there is a bit of pink showing, it will cook as you continue), add carrot ribbons and the broccoli into the pan.  Give it a stir.

Pour in the sauce.  Increase the heat to high.  The sauce will begin to boil and start to thicken.

Continue to stir for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the beef has reached your desired doneness.

Stir in the scallions at the last minute.  Serve with rice.


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