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Beef and Broccoli Stew

29 Aug

Today I cooked a beef and broccoli stew in the slow cooker.

ImageThe dish looked like a green mess but it tasted pretty good.

To make this dish, I used:

  • 1kg Beef rump steak
  • 2 cups of beef soup (beef broth/consommé)
  • ¾ cup of reduced salt soy sauce (low sodium)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (I used dark cane sugar)
  • 1 ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp of cornstarch/cornflour
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets (didn’t have this at the supermarket so I got a bag of broccoli, peas and spinach)
  • White or brown rice

What I did:

  1. First I put the sauce together; in a bowl I mixed the beef soup, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. Once combined I put this aside.
  2. Next I cut up the meat into thin strips and lightly browned the strips in the frying pan before putting all the meat into the slow cooker.
  3. I poured the sauce over the meat and put the slow cooker on high. Once that was all done, I set a timer for 6 hours.

This is the first time I have actually cooked using the slow-cooker and it was a new experience putting dinner together in the late morning. It was nice having the smell of yummy food wafting through the house throughout the day, slowly building up our appetites for dinner time.

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After six hours had gone by:

  1. I took 5 tbsp of the sauce out of the slow-cooker and put it in a bowl, I then added 3 tbsp of cornflour and whisked it together (whether you add 2 or 3 depends on the desired consistency of the sauce, you could even add more if you wanted the sauce to be really thick).
  2. Once it was mixed together well, I slowly mixed it into the rest of the food in the slow-cooker.
  3. After adding the cornflour mixture, I poured in the bag of frozen veges and set my timer for an hour – the original recipe that I was following suggested ½ hour, however in our house we tend to like our veges rather overcooked and soft, so if you are following this recipe, I recommend you adjust the timing to suit your tastes.
  4. While that went on cooking, I rinsed some rice, and put it on the stove to cook. Once the water had boiled away, I put the rice in the steaming pot and steamed it.
  5. When the food was ready, I called everyone to dinner.

This dish was quite rich and very tasty. Surprisingly, even my fussy-eating sister ate it and seemed to enjoy it. This is definitely a dish I will try again!

Through cooking this, I found that I have a very deep dislike of sesame oil. While it wasn’t so strong in the cooked food, when I was putting the sauce together I almost could not handle the smell of it. Luckily, the flavours still came together nicely in the end.

To see the original recipe, click this link.

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