Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

This is one of the many different types of stir-fry recipes I use in our house.  I love making stir fry because you can take what you have in the house and throw it together.  You can use chicken, pork or beef.  You can throw in broccoli, peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, sugar or snap peas.  Whatever you have and whatever you like can be combined into one delicious stir-fry.

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

1 egg white
3 tbsp. rice vinegar
2 tbsp. corn starch
1/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. mirin
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
3 lb. Flank Steak
1 head of broccoli
4 mini sweet peppers
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. canola oil

At least 1 hour before you want to start your stir-fry prepare the meat tenderizer and toss with the meat. This is 1 egg white, 1 tbsp. corn starch and 1 tbsp. rice vinegar. You don't want to do this too far ahead of time because the vinegar will start to break down your meat.  Whisk together and add to a large ziplock bag.  Take the flank steak and cut strips against the grain of the meat (cut the opposite way the lines are going on the meat to prevent it from being tough).  In a separate bowl toss the orange juice, soy sauce, mirin, 2 tbsp. rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and 1 tbsp. corn starch and whisk and set aside.  Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add a bit of salt.  Blanch off your broccoli by simply placing it in the boiling water for about 2 minutes and taking out.  Set aside to toss in your sauce later.  Use a wok or skillet on a medium high heat and in batches sear off the meat until nice and brown on each side and put aside on a separate plate until all meat is seared.  You don't need to cook it fully at this point because it will cook more in the sauce.  Now add the vegetables such as the broccoli and peppers with 1 tsp. oil and begin to saute.  You want to give them about 5 minutes.  Add in your sauce and beef and cover and allow to thicken a bit and give it a cup turns to coat everything.  Top it with seseame seeds.  Serve over rice or something else great to try is regular spaghetti noodles cooked and then tossed into the pan and covered with the sauce.

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