This recipe from Martha Stewart came to me via this blog. I am always on the lookout for inexpensive recipes to add to my repertoire, and this meal delivers, feeding four for about $12 (plus pantry items). Like any good Chinese takeout, this is even better the next day. The recipe, listed below, is modified to reflect how I prepared it. Sorry about the horrendous photography – it was after dark when I made this.
- 1¼ lb. beef flank steak (sliced thinly across the grain)*
- 4 Tb. soy sauce
- 1 Tb. cider vinegar
- 3 Tb. apple juice
- ½ tsp. untoasted sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 4 tsp. canola oil
- 1 Tb. corn starch
- 2 heads broccoli, trimmed, with florets separated into bite sized pieces
- 1 scallion, sliced
- sesame seeds, for garnish
* Pop the beef in the freezer for an hour or two before slicing, it makes it easier to slice thinly
- In a large, shallow bowl, mix soy sauce, apple juice, sesame oil, grated ginger, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meat; toss to coat. Let marinate 15 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate; reserve marinade.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. In two batches, cook meat until lightly browned, turning once, about 2 minutes per batch. Remove meat. Add 1/2 cup water to pan; stir up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Pour contents of the pan into the reserved marinade; whisk in cornstarch.
- In same skillet, fry broccoli in remaining teaspoon oil over high heat until bright green and crisp, tossing often, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup water; cook until broccoli is tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Stir marinade, add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 30 seconds. Return meat to pan; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over brown rice or Asian noodles topped with sesame seeds and scallions.
Ingredients all came from the pantry besides beef and broccoli
The thinly sliced steak takes just one minute per side. Remove and sautee the broccoli
Add back in the sauce and beef and you’re done!