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A very easy slow-cooker recipe. This recipe does require a little more "hands-on" attention in the last 25 minutes of cook time. The broccoli needs to be cut, washed and cooked, any rice or noodles need cooked and the liquid in the slow-cooker needs a cornstarch 'slurry' added to thicken up the liquid into a sauce before serving. That all said, this dish is quite tasty! We love the addition of the red chili pepper flakes. When serving more then just my family, I like to leave the flakes out and instead have a bottle of red chili oil on the table when serving, so that each person can use or omit as they prefer. You can also use *low-sodium soy sauce but, I would increase that to 2/3 cup.
Beef & Broccoli Slow Cooker
1 1/2 pounds flat iron steak, thinly sliced, into 2 inch pieces
1 cup beef broth
1/3 to *2/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbs fresh garlic, minced
1/4 - 2 tsp red chili flakes, optional
4 cups broccoli florets, cooked
2 Tbs corn starch + 4 Tbs cold water
Use a slow cooker "liner" or grease the inside of a slow cooker to prevent sticking and easier for easier clean up. . Add cut steak, beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, oils, garlic, and chili flakes. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low 4-5 hours.
20 minutes before serving, uncover the slow cooker. In a small cup or bowl whisk corn starch and water until dissolved. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover and allow to cook another 20-25 minutes.
Just before serving, stir cooked broccoli into slow cooker, and serve.
Serve over steamed rice or cooked lo-mein noodles.
the red chili flakes are for spice - add more or less to your liking.
Recipe adapted from: Mother Thyme
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