Cheap Recipe: Sesame Beef with Broccoli

10 Mar

This is Recipe #98, making the countdown to RKP’s 100th Recipe Celebration only (2) posts away!

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

The trick to perfect stir-fry is knowing the exact second the broccoli is done

♥Chef’s Note: You can easily substitute the beef strips in this meal with texturized vegetable protein (TVP) by adding some vegetable broth or water with boullion to the oil during the first stage. Try using 1/2 cup dry TVP and 1-1/2 cups broth/water. Adjust to taste.

Stir-fry lends itself beautifully to those occasions when the best A little bit goes a long way.deals in the butcher’s section are very thin slices of meat. No one wants a 1/4″-thick steak for dinner, but who can say “no” to expertly simmered steak teriyaki and steamed vegetables? So it’s not the size that counts, in the end–it’s how you use it. 😉

Begin by heating a large, oiled skillet or wok over a MEDIUM burner setting. Be sure there are about 2 tablespoons or so of “available” oil hanging around in the bottom of the skillet.

Don't waste money on a bottle of peanut oil to live in your cabinet forever--just grab some PB and melt it!

With a large spoon or butter knife, place a heavy dollop (about 1/4 cup) of creamy peanut butter in the skillet and allow it to coat the bottom of the pan as best as you can. Shake about 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce into mixture.

Sliver about 3/4-lb. of thin-sliced beefsteak (eye of round or other cut) into strips. Do not begin frying yet, as you need to have vegetables mostly ready before beginning to cook the meat. (Beef will cook quickly due to the size of the

Slivered onions.

pieces, so keep an eye on it and reduce heat if necessary.)

As skillet continues to warm, quarter or slice a yellow onion into chunks. Chop 3 or 4 heads of broccoli into large bites. If using fresh mushrooms, wash and pat dry; if using canned, sliced

Little trees.

 mushrooms; open can and drain.

At this point, go ahead and toss in the beef strips and onion. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until outside of meat is brown but onions are not yet translucent.

Beef strips will cook very quickly!

Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper over the meat mixture. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup orange juice or cola to the skillet and continue stirring.

Add sesame seeds.

Immediately toss in broccoli florets, drained mushrooms and any other vegetables you like. Stir vegetables to coat with sauce and sprinkle about 1-1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds over the mixture.

A bed of brown rice is all it takes to transform this skillet into dinner!

At this point, you can increase the heat to MEDIUM HIGH (or even HIGH), but keep a close eye on it. The trick is to make sure the broccoli is somewhat cooked without turning to mush, which can happen in the blink of an eye. You’ll know the broccoli is perfect when it turns a bright, almost neon shade of green. It is at its very brightest green just before it starts down the path to limpness, so pull it off the stove when it’s really “glowing” with color.

Serve immediately over hot rice or noodles. Refrigerate any leftovers and remember to keep them covered well when reheating.

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