Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Asian Beef and Broccoli
A bit of a twist on a popular Chinese dish, which is typically made with sirloin strips, this slow cooker version uses more economical and fuss-free lean ground beef. This is a staple for my family on Tuesday piano practice night when we come in late and need dinner in a hurry. I prepare my rice in a rice cooker just before we leave and keep it on warm for our return.
    Servings
    4-5people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hours
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    Servings
    4-5people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hours
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    Ingredients
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 1/2pound lean ground beef
    • 1/4teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/2teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
    • 2tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 1pound broccoli florets
    • 2 1/2tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1/4cup green onion, chopped
    • 4cup cooked jasmine rice
    • Garlic chili sauce, optional condiment
    Instructions
    1. Sautรฉ onion, garlic and ginger in 1 tablespoon of peanut or canola oil in a sautรฉ pan over medium high heat for 1 minute until onions are translucent. Add in the ground beef and season with salt and pepper, cooking for 2-3 minutes until beef is browned. Transfer the beef mixture to a slow cooker. Mix in the soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.
    2. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.
    3. Right before serving, steam the broccoli for 4-5 minutes, until bright green and still slightly crisp (or turn the slow cooker to HIGH and add the florets in during the last 20-30 minutes of cook time). Combine the steamed broccoli florets with the beef mixture. Stir in the sesame oil and green onion.
    4. Serve over jasmine rice and with the garlic chili sauce as a condiment.
    Recipe Notes

    I find that a dish like this translates better to slow cooking when you cook the onions, garlic, ginger and beef ahead and add to the slow cooker but if you are short on time, you can add all the ingredients raw to the slow cooker. It may have a more pronounced garlic and ginger flavor, however, and may also need to be in the slow cooker at the higher end of the cook time.

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