Thursday, March 31, 2011
March Madness Day 31: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
1 1/3 cup beef broth
1/2 cup oyster sauce (found in the Asian section of the grocery store)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 lb to 1 lb fresh broccoli florets
Toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
Hot cooked rice (optional)
Place beef in slow cooker and then pour the beef broth and oyster sauce over the top. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours or until beef is very tender. Place broccoli in microwave safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave for about 4-5 mintues, until broccoli is tender. Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and 2 tbsp cooking liquid in a cup. Add to slow cooker and stir well to combine. Drain the broccoli and stir into the slow cooker. Cook without cover on HIGH for about 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds.
A classic Chinese dish with a beautiful sauce. It didn't have the wow factor that I was looking for. The beef was very tender though and the sesame seeds added an interesting twist. I think next time I will add in some minced garlic to give it a little more flavor. 3 1/2 stars.
p.s. it's the last day of my 31 recipes in 31 days self imposed challenge. I am so proud of myself. But more than that I'm in awe of myself that I did 365 recipes in 365 days 2 years ago. What in the heck?!? I CANNOT believe that I was able to complete that. Sooooo time consuming. Holy cow.
Some of my faves from this month:
Smothered Pork Chops
Coconut Thai Soup
Raspberry Chocolate Sauce (oh yeah!)
Whole Wheat Lasagna
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Chicken Taco Filling
Tomato Basil Ravioli Soup