A week or so ago I satisfied the comfort food craving with a favorite individual meat loaf recipe for dinner one night. Growing up I HATED meatloaf, and chili, and stuffed bell peppers, and chop suey...pretty much anything with ground beef. Must have been a texture thing. Then, this miraculous thing happened. My taste buds grew up.
The mini meatloaf recipe is in a cookbook that I have had for several years, but with the exception of a couple of recipes, never used that much. It is from Southern Living and is "Our Best Easy Weeknight Favorites."
Like many others, for awhile I suffered from random cookbook buy-itis, only to have them languish around the kitchen gathering dust. In an effort to rid my home of things that I do not absolutely love, cookbooks purchased for whatever reason and never used have been purged. Let's face it, in the era of having instant access to millions and millions of recipes online there is no reason to buy the book just for one or two recipes. I tend to favor cookbooks with pretty pictures...it helps to know what the end product is supposed to look like. So now, my hard copy recipe collection is under better control with only a handful of actual books, my recipe box (that I bought downtown from C&C Gifts when I was something like 12 years old) that is filled with family favorites, and my binders that I keep recipes printed from the internet. The great thing about printing out the good ones, is that I can make notes and the same thing applies to the books.
Last week I perused the above cookbook with a new found interest thanks to the new and improved taste buds. Wow! Lots of things sound really good. I flagged a bunch of the recipes and have vowed to try at least one new one a week and share my thoughts and tweaks here.
Here goes with the first one, which conveniently required no grocery store trip as everything was already in my pantry and fridge.
Quick Beef with Broccoli (as changed by me because there are a few things I still won't add)
1 pound round steak
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups fresh broccoli flowerets
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 clove garlic, minced
Hot cooked rice
Slice the round steak into very thin slices, being sure to slice against the grain. Then quickly stir fry the beef in a deep large skillet, stirring constantly for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Pull the meat out of the skillet and keep hot and ready for the vegies.
Then in a small bowl, mix together the water, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar...set aside.
Cut the broccoli into smaller pieces and slice the mushrooms.
In the same skillet used for the meat, drizzle some olive oil (about 1 tbsp) and toss the broccoli in. Cook, stirring often for about 5 minutes.
Then throw the mushrooms and garlic in and cook for a couple of more minutes. Put a lid on it and let the veggies simmer for about 3 minutes. Dump the meat back in and stir until everything is hot. Drizzle the soy sauce mixture over the meat and veggies and allow it to cook (with no lid) until the liquid has reduced down and thickened.
Spoon over a platter of hot rice and dinner is served.
There are a couple of other important events happening around here. Two, count 'em, two giveaways are on the horizon. One because of a milestone and the other to share a really great product. Stay tuned...