Thursday, March 08, 2018

Five Spices And A Few Cuties

I was in the mood for a little stir-fry this week but I've had so much chicken, I needed something different.  Beef and broccoli sounded good so I searched the internet and found this recipe for Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli.  It was super easy and reallly delicious. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 pound flank steak, trimmed 
  • 3/4 teaspoon five-spice powder 
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided 
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets 
  • 1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion 
  • 8 (1-inch) strips orange rind 
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup unsalted beef stock 
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice 
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch 
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) package precooked white rice 
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions 
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Since it was a last-minute idea, I didn't have a few of the ingredients - beef stock, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, green onions, sesame seeds - but that didn't affect the meal.  I used chicken stock in place of the beef, 2 tablespoons of sugar and white wine to make up for the hoisin and rice vinegar (since hoisin is a sweet and rice vinegar is sweeter than white vinegar).  As for the green onions and sesame seeds, they're just garnish and I can do without them.

Next, there are just three steps to put it all together!

Step 1
Sprinkle steak evenly with five-spice powder, black pepper, and salt.  Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat.Add steak; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak across the grain into thin slices.

Step 2
Return pan to high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl. Add broccoli, onion, rind, and garlic; stir-fry 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine stock and next 6 ingredients (through red pepper) in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add stock mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened.

Step 3
Spoon 1/2 cup rice onto each of 4 plates; top each serving with 3/4 cup broccoli mixture and 3 ounces beef. Sprinkle evenly with green onions and sesame seeds.

I didn't do the broccoli and beef separately, I mixed the meat in with the broccoli before I served it.  I wanted everything coated with the sauce. 
I will definitely be making this again.  In fact, I'm kinda craving it right now.

Also - I was surprised at how delicious the orange rinds were.  I used Cuties because I had them on hand and they were perfect.  


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