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When you think of smoky, sweet Korean beef, what do you visualize? A dish made with sliced steak, right? As delicious as it is, steak can take a chunk out of your food budget. I saw this brilliant idea on Lizzy Writes and smacked myself on the forehead. Why didn’t I think of that? Less expensive ground beef is used instead of steak with no compromise in flavor. My mouth started watering when I saw the savory ingredients in this recipe – garlic, soy, ginger – my favorites! Then I fixed it for dinner and it was SO fast and easy to make, I just had to share it with you all. It’s definitely going to be a repeater in our household. In fact, I doubled the recipe to make four servings thinking I’d have leftovers for lunch the next day. Let’s just say my husband owes me lunch.
Special note to my daughter: You’ve been asking me for recipes to use that sesame oil in your cupboard. Here’s a great recipe for you – further confirmation that you have the best mom in the whole world. (smiley face)
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional, but great for a little kick)
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 green onion, diced
Step 1: In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic in the sesame oil.
Step 2: While the ground beef is cooking, steam the broccoli til crisp/tender.
Just add a tiny bit of water to the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl and cook for about 2 minutes. (Click here for a quick tutorial on the best way to steam broccoli.)
You could use a different vegetable. Snow peas or sliced zucchini would be awesome. Or you can eliminate this entirely. But you need to eat your veggies! (And this is a delicious way to do it.)
Step 3: When the meat is done cooking, drain the fat. (This is an important step to prevent the beef from being too greasy.)
Because I used lean ground beef and I only cooked 1/2 pound, there wasn’t much grease to drain. It worked really well to just blot the meat with a paper towel.
Step 4: Stir together the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper and red pepper and add to the meat. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.
Step 5: Toss the broccoli in with the meat for a minute and stir it around just to give it a coating of sauce.
Nice action shot of broccoli falling into the pan!
Step 6: Slice up those green onions.
Step 7: Sprinkle green onions over the top of that delectable sizzling Korean-style beef and eat it up.
It’s really great on top of some steamed rice too. Time to eat!