Thursday, February 9, 2012

Steak, Stir-Fried

I realized I couldn't even remember the last time I cooked red meat. I guess that explained the craving. So I picked up a steak at the butcher and threw this quick stir-fry together from items in my crisper and pantry. Super yummy lunch; this really hit the spot. As good as just about any Chinese delivery.

Easy Broccoli Beef

Serves 4.

1 lb. boneless sirloin steak, chopped into roughly 1inch cubes
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. corn starch
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. ground or fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. sesame oil
about 10 dashes chili oil
1 Tbsp. Truvia stevia sweetener (or 2 1/2 Tbsp. sugar)
1 cup beef broth
2 Tbsp. peanut or vegetable oil, divided
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red bell pepper, cut into roughly 2 inch strips
1 yellow onion, cut into roughly 2 inch strips
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
2 cups cooked brown rice

Sprinkle cubes of steak on all sides with garlic salt and pepper. Set aside to rest for 15-30 minutes. Meanwhile, in bowl or measuring cup, mix cornstarch with soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, chili oil, and sweetener/sugar. Add beef broth and blend with a fork. Set aside. Blot steak cubes dry with paper towels. In large skillet, heat one tablespoon of the cooking oil over medium high heat. Add steak cubes in one layer. Sear on one side without turning for about 1-1 1/2 minutes, until just browned. Flip the chunks and sear for another 1-1 1/2 minutes until browned on the other side. Remove from pan and set aside. Add remaining tablespoon of cooking oil to the skillet and swish it around to recoat the surface. Add broccoli, bell pepper, and onion to the pan and stir-fry until the broccoli is just tender, about 7-8 minutes, stirring often. Add pressed garlic and continue to stir-fry another 30 seconds. Add steak cubes back into the skillet with the vegetables and toss to combine. Blend sauce mixture again with the fork. Pour over skillet contents. Toss everything together over heat until sauce has thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Mound 1/2 cup rice on each plate. Divide stir-fry evenly into four portions and pour over rice.

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