Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 - 1.75 pound "stir fry" beef (little strips) seasoned with salt and pepper. 
  • Sauce:  
    • 1 cup beef broth
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp Sriracha hot chili sauce
    • 2-3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
    • 2-3 Tbsp fresh ginger minced
    • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • Bag of fresh broccoli florets 
  • Additional veggies I added:
    • A handful of baby carrots
    • A can of water chestnuts, drained
    • Half of an onion, cut into thin strips
    • Red and yellow pepper strips

Method:

Season the beef strips with salt and pepper and add to the crock pot.  Mix the sauce ingredients and pour over beef. Mix the sauce with the beef so that each strip of meat is coated.  Turn crock pot on low 6-8 hrs or high for 4 hours. After this cooking time, remove 2-3 Tbsp of sauce, let it cool slightly, then mix it with 2 Tbsp corn starch to make a slurry. Add a bag of fresh broccoli florets to beef. Add the cornstarch slurry back to the sauce and mix well. Cook on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes.  This will allow the sauce to come to a boil so the cornstarch to thicken sauce, and also allow for the broccoli to cook.  Adjust seasonings and serve over rice.  Garnish with sliced green onions.

I did add the additional vegetables to the dish.  I love the different colors and textures all together, not to mention all the extra nutrition and yum factor!  If you are interested in doing it this way, add the onion strips and baby carrots at the begging for the entire cooking time.  Add the drained water chestnuts, pepper strips and broccoli in the last 30 minute cooking segment.  

If you are making this in the morning for your "after work" meal, the last 30 minute cooking segment will give you enough time to put on a pot of rice.  Not bad for pulling together a whole meal in record after-work time! ... not to mention delicious!  And we all know that beef, cooked low and slow over all that time practically falls apart on its own... yummm.