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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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Making your favorite Chinese take-out dish is easer than you think; this stir-fry requires only one pan and takes about half an hour from start to finish.

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  • Servings: 4
beef broccoli noodles

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds flank steak, cut diagonally across the grain into 1/2-inch-by-3-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 head broccoli, stems trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch rounds, florets separated into bite-size pieces
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. In a large, shallow bowl, mix soy sauce, apple juice, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meat; toss to coat. Let marinate 15 minutes. Transfer meat to a plate; reserve marinade.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. In two batches, cook meat until lightly browned, turning once, about 2 minutes per batch. Remove meat. Add 1/2 cup water to pan; stir up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Pour into marinade; whisk in cornstarch.

  3. In same skillet, fry broccoli in remaining teaspoon oil over high heat until bright green and crisp, tossing often, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup water; cook until broccoli is tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Stir marinade, add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thickened, 30 seconds. Return meat to pan; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To make it easier to slice the steak very thinly, place it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes, wrapped well in plastic. Chinese noodles or rice are a delicious accompaniment.

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  • MS11372554
    1 FEB, 2016
    How frustrating! The video is not the same as the recipe! I watched video. Then went to make weeks later. Got ingredients. Now making tonight and watched video to get refreshed on how to make and the ingredients and sauce DON'T MATCH! I paid $1.79 for apple juice that I don't drink and he didn't use it in video! Plus no red pepper in ingredients so I either leave out or go back to the store. Meanwhile your stupid add for the magazine continued to pop up every few minutes! Frustrated!
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  • RebaMurff
    24 JUL, 2014
    My husband is very picky, so I am proud of the fact that I can get him to eat things now that he swore when I met him he would never eat. Broccoli happens to be one of those things. I tried this recipe a while back and he loved it. The cider results in a nice mild sweetness that goes really well with the dish. I serve it over rice and it is something we both really enjoyed.
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  • Marathonmommie
    19 APR, 2013
    my family has loved this recipe for several years. i got it from an everyday food magazine and have made it dozens of times.
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  • bitchnkitchen
    17 JAN, 2012
    The flavor was good but the broccoli was too mushy. Next time I would follow the instructions except I would stir fry the broccoli in oil and add it to the cooked beef mixture. Hubby loved it.
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  • Diarundale
    28 SEP, 2011
    Because I was out of apple juice, I used white grape juice. This was an easy, excellent meal. Next time I will try beef broth instead of water and also throw some sesame seeds on top! Fabulous!
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  • MS11383996
    10 SEP, 2011
    I used apple sauce instead of juice because that's what I had in the fridge. Also added a little salt to the broccoli while it was cooking. Satisfyingly simple and lovely meal!
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  • mgwhite
    10 FEB, 2011
    Delicious! How satisfying to create a favorite eat-out dish at home! Beef broth is a must. Toasted sesame seeds also very good on top.
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  • drsmartcookie
    9 OCT, 2010
    Delightful and EASY. As per"shorinko's recommendation, I use beef broth instead of water and it works quite well.
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  • AvelinaDep
    19 AUG, 2010
    3 tablespoons apple juice; a strange ingredient for beefy noodles, I was searching for light but energetic sort of recipe for my gym diet. I think I have found it. Thanks Avelina http://www.dailytrader.com/all_wholesale_suppliers/food_and_gourmet_wholesalers-19-0-1.html
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  • shorinko
    2 MAR, 2010
    I actually do this but add beef broth/stock instead of water. Bumps up the beefy flavor.
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