Thursday, October 11, 2012

A new dish for the crock pot rotation...

I found yet another excellent, easy slow cooker recipe to share from Pinterest (of course): Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli. This is quick to throw together, and turns out so tender and flavorful! All you have to do when you get home from work is cook a small pot of rice. Done and done. This one is definitely going into the regular work week rotation.

P.S. I added mushrooms to the original recipe because I always ask for them to be added them to beef and broccoli at Chinese restaurants or to my pad siew at the local Thai restaurant. 

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
(Source: Pinterest via BSRecipes)
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast
8 oz. sliced mushrooms, optional
1 cup beef stock or broth

1/2 cup soy sauce (next time, I might try low sodium for this)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Korean pepper paste (or a squirt of sriracha), optional
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)

In a large skillet, brown the chuck on both/all sides. Then remove from pan and slice into thick strips or cut into chunks. Place beef in the crock pot, along with the mushrooms. Pour in the beef stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, pepper paste or sriracha (if using), and garlic. Pour over beef and mushrooms. Stir to combine, and cook on low for six hours.
In a small bowl, stir cornstarch and some sauce from the crock pot together until smooth. Add back to the crock pot. Stir well to combine. Also, add the broccoli to the crock pot, and stir gently to combine. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).

Serve over hot cooked (preferably Basmati) rice.

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