Saturday, July 19, 2008

Last Night's Dinner: Beef, broccoli and carrots

My brother has been giving me a hard time about the lack of cow/dinner posts lately, he thinks we have gone vegetarian with the all the garden posting lately. The truth is we have been sticking with burgers or tacos mostly lately, nothing new to post about. We felt like having some Asian food tonight so I picked up some broccoli, garlic, scallions and some Palisade peaches at the farmers market this morning in Golden.

We have had been and broccoli in the past but never really followed a recipe beyond the beef and the broccoli part, maybe some garlic and soy sauce and that was about it. Tonight I thought we should follow a recipe, but then immediately tweaked it.

Rice with garlic and scallions
1 Cup of long grain rice
1 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 clove garlic minced
White parts of 2 scallions chopped
2 Cups of water

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil for a minute over medium high heat.
Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil, let saute for an additional minute or two.
Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover.
Let simmer for 20 minutes then move off the heat for 5.
Uncover, fluff the rice and serve.

The Beef, broccoli and carrots
1 lb round steak
1 head of broccoli
3 medium carrots

2 cloves of garlic
3 scallions
2 Tbsp of soy sauce
1 Tbsp of white sugar
1 cup of beef broth

Slice the beef thinly against the grain
Cut the vegetables into bit size chunks
Mix all ingredients of the sauce in a bowl
Stir fry the beef in 2 batches in vegetable oil and then remove to a platter
Dump the veggies and half a cup of water into the pan and cover to steam for 5 minutes.
Add the beef back to the pan and sauce to taste (we used about half of what we made)
Let simmer until sauce is reduced by half.
Serve over rice or noodles.
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