Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Szechuan Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Another big freeze has hit the mid-west. The freezing rain began yesterday afternoon, continued into the night, and started again this afternoon. As of now, it is not as bad as last winter’s ice storm when we lost several trees, and other trees suffered a lot of damage. Today’s high was 21°F (-6°C), with a forecasted low of 13°F (-11°C). There is also snow forecast for tonight, which on top of all this ice will be treacherous.

We Brits are often accused of being obsessed with the weather, and it’s true, but that’s because the weather in Britain is awful most of the time. Oklahomans are equally obsessed with the weather, but that’s because we seem to suffer such extremes of it. Baking hot and humid in the summer, and perishingly cold in winter, with tornadoes an ever present threat in spring and fall.

Also, Oklahoma seems to grind to a halt in snow or icy conditions, as they don't bother gritting/salting or plowing the road. Well, not round here they don't. And to make matters worse, the power seems to go out at the drop of a hat, though that hasn’t happened yet. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, I’ll type faster, just in case. So what’s the recipe for today, Jan?
Hubby’s company gave him a box of steaks as part of his Christmas bonus, and to be honest, neither of us are huge fans of steak. Most of them will be chopped up and included in other recipes, such as this one.

Breaking News - In the time it's taken me to type this, it's begun snowing, very heavily. Brrr.

Szechuan Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry


2 steaks, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1 onion, sliced
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 beefsteak tomato, cut into wedges
½ cup Szechuan sauce
¼ cup water

  • In a wok or large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over a medium-high heat. Add steak and half of the garlic, and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Remove beef and garlic from the pan, and keep warm.
  • In same wok/skillet, heat remaining oil over a medium heat. Add onion and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add garlic, stir-fry 1 minute. Add broccoli, 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Cover pan with foil and cook for two minutes.
  • Add Szechuan sauce, ¼ of a cup of water, tomato wedges stir-fry for 2 minutes. Return beef to pan and stir-fry for a further minute.
Serve over Basmati rice.


Paula said...

Oh man, I LOVE stir fry, especially when broccoli is in it. Isn't stir fried broccoli wonderfully yummy? I've not cooked with a Szechuan sauce; I'll have to look for that. Yummmmm, what a great way to eat your steak. Boy oh boy, Oklahoma certainly does seem to get the whip end of the weather. Hope that your power doesn't go out, and you and your hubby stay warm and safe!

Pam said...

I love stir fry but I am no good at making them. This looks like a wonderful meal - I hope it keeps you warm.

Beth said...

This looks good Jan. We actuslly had a pretty settled spell of weather over Dec and early Jan - but gone downhill now!

Cheryl said...

Stealin it!~ I have to try this I love the addition of the tomatoes, it looks amazing!

Sara said...

I love stir fry, I was just thinking that I need to make one again soon!

Marjie said...

I love cutting steak into strips and turning it into a meal. I'm not much of a steak fan myself, which my sons naturally think is heresy. I hope your ice storm didn't wreak too much havoc; it got here yesterday, but mostly stayed south of here. I love it when we're spared the worst of the weather.

And I think everyone's obsessed with the weather to some greater or lesser degree, because it's something you can talk about to others without ticking them off! What's the worst that can happen in a weather conversation: "Isn't this snow great? I can't wait to go skiing." "You can keep it. I'm waiting for July." Well, there's no grudge forming there, right? Stay warm, Jan!

Kevin said...

I like quick and tasty stir-fries like this!

Denise said...

Hi Jan, what a delicious looking recipe. Another one going on my list here. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind comments. I really appreciated it. It's taking me a while to get back in the groove but I am enjoying catching up.

Emily said...

Oooh, looks delicious. I've been craving Chinese food lately.

Hope you did okay in the storm!

Steve Cooks Well said...

Greet recipe. This is the best stir fry I have cooked so far.

Jan said...

Hi Steve, I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. It's one of my faves too.