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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli is one of our all-time favorite fast-food Chinese dinners.  I’ve followed a recipe before and the sauce just wasn’t right.  So, when I saw my favorite recipe words (crock pot) on Kim McG’s board, I just had to give it a try.  This recipe is originally pinned from the blog, BS Recipes.

Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef consumme
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
Hot cooked rice

Honestly, I didn’t have sesame oil, and when I saw the price of it at Publix, I thought “what else could I use this for?” and left it behind.  I substituted a little Worcestershire Sauce.

This recipe was perfect for our Sunday.  I popped it all together around 11:00am, and forgot about it while we spent the day relaxing and preparing for our first day of students (officially, with students back).

  We had a Sons of Anarchy mini-marathon while the house slowly started to fill with scents slightly-reminiscent of China Wok.  The broccoli went in around 6:50, and around 7:15, dinner was served.

 

It might have been the sesame oil substitute, but I found a good bit of salt was needed to help flavor the beef.

Verdict:
Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 4/5
Presentation: 5/5
Notes: The sauce was a little thin, and a kick of salt was beneficial.

Jen’s opinion:
Taste: 3.5/5
Presentation: 5/5 (it LOOKED like Beef and Broccoli….)
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 4/5

If I ever procure Sesame Sauce, I might give this recipe another go, but for now, I’m still on a quest for the perfect Beef and Broccoli recipe.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Beef

 

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Scalloped Potato and Ground Beef Casserole

I took out ground beef for dinner tonight thinking I might make goulash, then I remembered I didn’t have any salt pork.  With the nearest grocery store 11 miles away, a “quick trip” wasn’t going to happen.  Pinterest to the rescue!  Or, so I hoped.  Alas, nothing really appealed to me.  So I went back to the kitchen to take a quick peek in the pantry.  I found a box of ready-to-cook scalloped potatoes.  Cue the light bulb.  I didn’t find anything on Pinterest, but Bing came through for me again and led me to Food.com where I discovered Kittencal’s Scalloped Potato and Ground Beef Casserole.  It has since been Pinned to my board 🙂

Recipe:

The original recipe called for scalloped potatoes from scratch, but since I already had the box, I just used that.  My ingredients included:
1lb of ground beef
1 box of scalloped potatoes
Worcestershire sauce
flaked onions
garlic salt,
and a dash of soy sauce.

First, I browned the beef in a frying pan, using the worcesterhire sauce, onions, garlic salt, and soy sauce as flavoring.  This is the point where Mike entered the kitchen and asked “How long must I smell this glorious smell before I can eat it?”  He was a little disappointed when I told him he still had 20 minutes, but he stuck it out like a champ.  Next, I prepare the scalloped potatoes as directed.  I drained the beef (no rinsing) and then added it to the potatoes in my trusty Corningware casserole dish.  I let it bake in 350 degrees for 20 minutes, and voila!  Scalloped Potato and Ground Beef Casserole.

Verdict:

Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 5/5
Presentation: 5/5
Notes: Absolutely fantastic

Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 5/5
Presentation: 5/5
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 5/5
One of the easiest dishes I’ve ever cooked, and in all actuality, quite tasty.  Make sure you drain the ground beef well, as the grease will  prevent the cheese from thickening.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Beef

 

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