Sunday, July 17, 2011

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

The Menu:
Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

The Original Recipe:
I have a bunch of Round Steak in my freezer. My dad recently had a cow butchered, and we got all the "leftovers" from the cow before. Including lots of (non-cubed) round meat. I wanted a nice easy dish to use some of this in. I discovered this recipe that is great for summertime because it uses the crockpot.

Crockpot Broccoli Beef via

--1 lb thin beef (I used rib eye)

--1/4 cup soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat-free are gluten free)

--2 T white wine

--2 T apple cider vinegar

--1 T brown sugar

--2 t sesame oil

--2 cloves smashed and chopped garlic

--1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes

--1 bag thawed broccoli florets (to add later)

The Directions.

--add the liquid to the crockpot

--chop up your garlic, add to mixture

--stir in spices

--slice meat into thin strips

--toss ( I used my hands. it wasn't gross! )in the liquid and spice mixture to coat thoroughly

--cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the cut of meat. Thicker pieces will take longer to tenderize.

--an hour before serving, add entire bag of broccoli, cover and cook on high for another hour or so.

--stir gingerly to coat broccoli

serve over steamed rice.

The Way I Made It My Own:
I added some things, with the addition of using fresh broccoli added on top (do not stir until ready to serve!). It worked out really well. Ours was done in 5 hours, but I let it go 6 hours and it was still ok. The broccoli was really done, though, but still good. The meat was delicious! This had a good flavor to it. One of those dishes where you just want to keep eating it because it satisfied a craving!! Yum!

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

--2lb thin beef (I used round steak)

--1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

--2 T white wine

--2 T apple cider vinegar

--3 T terryaki sauce

--2 T brown sugar

-- 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger

--2 cloves smashed and chopped garlic

--1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes (I add these when I plate because the kids don't like this hot spice)

--1 head fresh broccoli florets

The Directions.

-- slice meat into thin strips; add the meat to the crockpot

--chop up your garlic, add to remaining ingredients, stirring to combine.

--Pour over meat making sure it's all covered in liquid. This will be enough. It doesn't look like it, but it will!

--Add broccoli on top of meat. Do not stir. This will steam the broccoli while the meat cooks! Cook on low 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.

*If desired, mix some cornstartch and water, and stir in to make a thicker sauce (turn on high for 15-20 minutes to bubble to thicken).
--Stir to serve (over rice) and add crushed red pepper flakes for spice!


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