Friday, December 11, 2009

Beef for Dinner and Lunch

It was cold here last night. Not Alberta cold, but we don't generally see 15 degrees until January, and I'm seriously annoyed by this. So, I decided last night to make one of my "stir fry under the broiler" dinners to make the kitchen feel warmer. You can do this in a skillet, of course, but with the quantity of food I cook around here, a skillet is a stupid cooking tool.


3 pounds steak, cut into strips
1 onion, minced

1-1/2 pounds frozen broccoli florets
1 can bamboo shoots
fresh or canned mushrooms
1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp sea salt
fresh ground pepper
2 cups beef broth
1/2 cup cold water whisked with 3 tbsp cornstarch

Arrange the steak in a single layer in the broiler pan, and sprinkle with half of the spices. Sprinkle half the minced onion around it, and cook under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a glass bowl, microwave the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes to cook. Turn the steak, sprinkle with the remaining spices, and broil another 3 minutes. Arrange the broccoli, bamboo shoots and mushrooms over the steak, pour the water/cornstarch mix and beef broth over it, and broil another 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the veggies are hot. Serve over rice - I prepared a long grain and wild rice mix with 2 tbsp tomato paste, chopped parsley, 1/2 minced onion and 1/2 tsp sea salt.
There was a little bit of steak left over, and I hid it in the back of the fridge. This afternoon, I chopped the beef into small bits, I put it between slices of buttermilk bread with cheese and tomato slices, and grilled it in the George Foreman. We had those with pickles for lunch, and they were good. Tomorrow I'll probably wish I had more, but this was wonderful on a 19 degree afternoon with the wind howling outside my windows.


Breezy Point Mom said...

Uh... that would taste wonderful on an 80 degree day, too. (it is 56 here right now, but tomorrow will be 80).

Christo Gonzales said...

I could sure go for a bite or three of that sandwich -

pam said...

If I ever need to cook for a crowd, I'm coming to you. Stir-fry under a broiler!

Jan Mader said...

It's 10:20 PM and I'm starving.....this looks delicious!!!

Mickle in NZ said...

That's mighty cold. Here it reached 19 today - 19 centigrade.

This looks so good both ways you served it. Nom Nom Nom!

buffalodick said...

Our oven will be on this week-end a lot!

tavolini said...

15 is COLD!! I have to agree with you, it got cold very quickly this year!

I love the stir-fry in the broiler idea. More than once, I've been cooking for a group and had skillets on all four burners, just to make enough. I never even thought of using the broiler--smart!

Anonymous said...

It's 14 below here this morning and that sure looks like comfort food to me right now........when can you come and cook for us?

SissySees said...

We were at 17 this morning, and Sis turned around and came back in to ask for her cowl. They still didn't linger outside. I don't like sammies much, but that one sure sounds - and looks! - incredible!

Thor and Jack said...

Look at all that tasty meal! I´m drooling here!

Pam said...

The stir fry looked tasty but that sandwich has me drooling - it looks SOOOO GOOD!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those sandwiches are stealing my heart!