Sometimes, just sometimes I really love the crockpot. On the flipside, sometimes, I really hate it as well. It seems like most crockpot recipes taste the same, and have the same ingredients: Some type of meat, and some type of canned soup! I'm just NOT a fan.
However, I love the convenience of it all. I absolutely DREAD afternoons: kids get home from school [well, I love that part], but then we have homework, chores, making dinner, and the afternoon grumpies [my 2 year-old!]. It's just a chaotic, hectic time of day! [Even moreso when there is some type of sport practice or game!]
THAT is why I love the crockpot. I use it more in the fall/winter, for obvious reasons. This time I thought I'd try something different, maybe unexpected from a crock.
My husband declares this one a winner! So, if you don't like it, blame him, not me.
Crockpot Beef and Broccoli
- 3 lbs. beef, cut into strips [I used top round steaks that were cut thin, then I sliced them into strips. You could also use London Broil, etc.]
- 1 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
- 3/4-1 tsp. red pepper flakes [adjust according to your heat level]
- 1/4 c. chicken broth [or beef broth, I can't remember which I used, whichever was closest]
- 2 T. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. soy sauce
- 3-4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 T. cornstarch
- 2 T. water
- Garlic broccoli [at least 3 cups fresh]
- toasted sesame seeds [optional]
- Whisk together sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, chicken broth, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Place beef in the bottom of crock pot [sprayed with non-stick spray], pour sauce over the top of the meat and mix together to coat.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours [for MY crockpot, it cooks very hot, you might have to adjust your cooking time].
- About 10 minutes before serving, prepare garlic broccoli. Pour contents of crockpot into the pan with the broccoli. Mix together cornstarch and water and add to pan. Bring to a slight boil to thicken sauce. If you need to at this point, you can add a bit more broth.
- Once sauce has thickened, serve over rice and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.