Sunday, December 4, 2016

i'm so inspired by you

This post is inspired by my otherwise very healthy friend, who walked into the office the other day carrying a bag from Panda Express. "It looked good," was his only explanation.

Well, frankly, I don't blame him. In my younger, and higher-metabolism, days, a two-item combo with orange chicken and BBQ pork with a combo of fried rice and chow mein, of course, was the dream. It was only when I thought I should be slightly healthy and include a vegetable would I ever consider adding a third item - beef with broccoli.

When I first saw this recipe, I was intrigued by the soy and butter combo, but I thought the beef and mushrooms could be livened up a little with something brighter and with more texture - beef, mushrooms and steamed rice seemed a little boring to the tooth. The Panda Express inspiration the other day drove me to the store for a couple crowns of broccoli, and thus, dinner was born.

Beef with Broccoli + Mushrooms
slightly adapted from Serious Eats
serves 4

1 lb. flank steak, sliced into 1/8-x2-inch pieces
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. sugar
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1 t. rice vinegar
5 t. soy sauce, divided
2 t. sesame oil
1 t. cornstarch
1 lb. mixed mushrooms, sliced
12 oz. broccoli florets
5 T. ghee
4 garlic cloves, minced
steamed rice, for serving

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the salt, sugar, pepper, rice vinegar, 1 t. soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch. Add the beef, toss to coat, and let marinate for 30 minutes.

2. Melt 1 T. ghee in a large skillet. Add the beef, spreading it out evenly, and cook without moving until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Cook for another minute, stirring regular. Transfer to a bowl, and set aside.

3. Melt 2 more T. ghee in the skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli, and continue to cook until the broccoli is crisp-tender. Add the remaining 4 t. soy sauce. Stir and add in the remaining 2 T. ghee and the garlic. Toss until fragrant, about 1 minute, then return the beef to the wok. Cook, stirring, until beef is cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a serving platter immediately and serve over rice.

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