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Beef and Broccoli

Why get take out when you can make it yourself? I swear, you won’t be able to tell the difference between this and the Chinese joint down the street. It’s that good.

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli

Makes 3-4 servings.

Ingredients
For marinade: 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 pound lean beef

1 1/4 cups oil, or as needed

2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 pound fresh broccoli
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

Directions
Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices. Add the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last (use your fingers to rub it in). Marinate the beef for 30 minutes.

While the beef is marinating, prepare the sauce and vegetables: for the sauce, mix together the oyster sauce, soy, and water in a small bowl and set aside. in another small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water thickener and set aside.

Wash and drain the broccoli. Cut the stalk diagonally into thin slices. Cut the flowerets into 3 or 4 pieces. Crush the garlic.

Heat the wok and add 1 cup oil. When the oil is medium-hot (between 300 and 325 degrees F.), add the beef. Blanch the beef by letting it lay flat for 30 – 40 seconds, and then stirring to separate the pieces. Remove the beef when it changes color and is nearly cooked (the entire process takes 1 – 2 minutes). Remove the beef from the wok and drain on paper towels.

Clean out the wok with paper towels. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the crushed garlic and stir fry briefly until aromatic.

Add the broccoli, sprinkle the salt and sugar over, and stir fry briefly, turning down the heat if necessary to make sure it doesn’t burn. Add the 1/2 cup water, and cook the broccoli, covered, for 4 – 5 minutes, until it turns a bright green and is tender but still crisp. Remove from the wok and drain.

Clean out the wok and add 2 more tablespoons oil. Add the broccoli and the beef. Add the sauce and cornstarch mixture in the middle of the wok and stir quickly to thicken. Mix everything together and serve hot over steamed rice.

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  1. 1
    Posted On June 16, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    This looks so delicious! My fiance’s favorite thing is beef and broccoli, so maybe I will try out your recipe sometime!

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  2. 2
    Danny
    Posted On June 24, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    No offense or anything, but I did find this a bit too salty–perhaps because I used kosher beef. I’d recommend reduced salt soy sauce at least. Otherwise, the broccoli turned out fantastic, thanks for the recipe!

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  3. 3
    Maria
    Posted On July 31, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    What cut of beef did you use? My boyfriend and I order beef and broccoli nearly ever time we order out so we look forward to trying your recipe!

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