Monday, February 23, 2015

Classic Beef with Broccoli

 If there is ONE kind of take out food I could eat several times a week, it would absolutely Chinese food. Actually, I could probably eat it every single day and not get tired of it. From Sesame Chicken to Egg Rolls to Chicken with Garlic Sauce to Lo Mein, I love it all. One of my all time go-to favorites is absolutely, hands down, your classic beef with broccoli. It's the tender beef, it's the stir fried broccoli, yes. But for me, it's all about the savory delicious oyster sauce. OMG I could pour that sauce over anything. It's just so good! Marinate the beef in it with a few other ingredients, throw it into a wok, and in less time than it takes to have it delivered to your door, you're enjoying fabulous beef and broccoli. Simple, right? Serve it with your choice of rice, and you're good to go.
 I made this for the gang a few months ago and everyone loved it. Definitely gonna need to make this again soon! You should give it a try too!

1/3 cup oyster sauce
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup sherry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3/4 pound beef round steak, cut into 1/8-inch thick strips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more if needed
1 thin slice of fresh ginger root
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1 pound broccoli, cut into florets

Whisk together the oyster sauce, sesame oil, sherry, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Place the steak pieces into a shallow bowl, pour the oyster sauce mixture over the meat, stir to coat well, and marinate for at least 30 minutes in refrigerator.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, and stir in the ginger and garlic. Let them sizzle in the hot oil for about 1 minute to flavor the oil, then remove and discard. Stir in the broccoli, and toss and stir in the hot oil until bright green and almost tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the wok, and set aside.

Pour a little more oil into the wok, if needed, and stir and toss the beef with the marinade until the sauce forms a glaze on the beef, and the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Return the cooked broccoli to the wok, and stir until the meat and broccoli are heated through, about 3 minutes.

You'll find bottled oyster sauce in your grocery store in the international foods aisle.
Don't have a wok? Use a big skillet!

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