College Style Cooking / Dinner

Stir-Fry Beef and Broccoli

Best College Meal Ever!

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Stir-fries are the ultimate college dish because they are easy to throw together and it makes a lot so that you can have leftovers for meals throughout the week. My favorite type of stir-fry is beef and broccoli. Unfortunately, I don’t really like to clean and prepare broccoli because it takes forever. Recently, while I was walking down the freezer aisle at the grocery store, I saw frozen broccoli. Now I knew that you could buy frozen vegetables, but it had never occurred to me to just buy frozen broccoli. Since I am not accustomed to frozen vegetables, I thought that it would be mushy or not flavorful. Boy was I wrong! Not only was it the easiest thing in the world to prepare, it was really good too! From now on, I now intend to make frozen broccoli my new best kitchen mate.

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In order to make this ultimate college meal, you will need 1/2 lb of stir-fry strips (if you can’t find these, then you can buy a sirloin, flank or skirt steak and cut it thin), a healthy 3 cups of frozen broccoli, 2 tsp cornstarch, 2 tsp honey, 4 tsp vegetable oil, 1 Tbs + 1tsp soy sauce (extra for flavoring), 1 tsp dry sherry, pinch of chili flakes, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp minced fresh ginger, 3 Tbs water, and salt and pepper to taste.

First create a marinade for the beef by mixing together 1 tsp cornstarch, the honey, 2 tsp oil, the soy sauce and the sherry. Add the marinade to the beef strips and let them marinate for at least an hour in the fridge stirring at the halfway point.

In the mean time you may want to make some rice. Don’t know how? Learn how to make some in your microwave here.

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Also make a slurry for the stir-fry by mixing together a teaspoon of cornstarch and a tablespoon of water.

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After an hour, remove the beef from the fridge and start cooking the broccoli. Start by heating up a teaspoon of oil in a skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the broccoli and a liberal pinch of salt and stir for 30 seconds. Then add 2 Tbs of water and cover for a minute and allow the broccoli to steam. After remove the broccoli from the heat and transfer it to a bowl.

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Next start heating up another teaspoon of oil. Add the ginger, garlic and pepper flakes into the hot oil.

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Once the aromatics start to brown, add the beef strips. Constantly stir the beef strips until they just turn brown.

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At this point add the broccoli to the beef and keep stirring until combined. Also add the slurry you made earlier. Turn the heat down to low and let the gravy thicken a little (2-3 minutes). Add some salt (or soy sauce) and pepper to taste.

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Remove from heat and serve over rice.I also like to add a little Sriracha for an extra kick!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb beef strips
  • 3 c frozen broccoli
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp soy sauce (extra for flavoring)
  • 1 tsp dry sherry
  • Pinch of pepper flakes
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 Tbs water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Make the marinade by mixing 1 tsp cornstarch, the honey, 2 tsp oil, the soy sauce and the sherry
  2. Let beef marinate for an hour
  3. Mix 1 Tbs water with 1 tsp cornstarch for a slurry
  4. Stir-fry broccoli using a teaspoon of oil and seasoning with salt
  5. Add 2 Tbs of water to the broccoli and let steam for 1 minute
  6. Remove broccoli to another bowl
  7. Start browning pepper flakes, garlic and ginger in a 1 tsp of oil
  8. Add beef and cook until just brown
  9. Add back in the broccoli and mix well
  10. Add the slurry and let thicken for 2-3 minutes
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over rice
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