Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli


Slow Cooker meals like this Asian Beef and Broccoli are just what I need on busy days.  I simply put everything into the slow cooker pot and let it cook away until it's time to eat dinner.  

I do add the broccoli in the last half hour of cooking so they are still nicely green and have a slight bite to them.  Then I simply cook up some rice and dinner is served. 

This is a great way to use less expensive cuts of beef like stew meat/chuck beef in stir fries.  The beef comes out so soft and tender after cooking low and slow in the the slow cooker. 

I love finding ways to use my slow cooker in during the week or even on the weekends to free up my time to spend with my family.  I also love how fuss-free this Asian dish is to get prepared.  I simply used the cut stew meat from the grocery store and a bag of cut broccoli florets.  This is one stir fry that did not require me to stand in the kitchen for a long time chopping and dicing a lot of ingredients.  It was as simple as tossing the ingredients it into the slow cooker and turning the button to "on".  Now that's my kind of cooking!

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

2 1/2 pounds lean boneless chuck beef cut into bite size pieces 
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Chinese Shaohsing rice wine ( do not use rice vinegar) **
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2 Tbs brown sugar
3 Tbs fresh grated ginger
2-3 cloves fresh grated garlic
2 Tbs sambal Oelek
1/2 cup water with 2 Tbs cornstarch to form a slurry
4-5 cups broccoli florets

** you can substitute cooking sherry for the Chinese rice wine

Step 1:  Place cut beef in the slow cooker.

Step 2:  Add all ingredients (except broccoli) to slow cooker and stir well with the beef.  Then turn slow cooker on high heat and cook for 3 1/2 hours. 
Step 3:  Add cleaned and cut broccoli florets at the 31/2 hour mark and cook for an additional 30 minutes (total cook time for this dish is 4 hours).   Cook some white rice and serve together.


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