You could skip the first step and use frozen broccoli just as she did if you prefer. I just prepared it with what I had and making the bulk of it the night before is easier for me when the kitchen is quiet. I find it easier to prepare as much as possible ahead of time when everyone is sleeping :)
Crockpot Broccoli Beef
1 lb thin beef (I used brisket because that's what I had and it was cheap)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBS white wine
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 TBS brown sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp minced garlic or 2 cloves smashed and chopped(I used the jarred stuff you find in the produce section)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 bag thawed broccoli (I used fresh chopped)
- Combine all ingredients except broccoli in a Ziploc bag. Squish it around to make sure it gets in between all thin slices of meat and then set in the fridge overnight.
- Place the contents of the bag in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Add the broccoli during the last hour
Even though we thoroughly love broccoli beef I will tell you this smelled horrid! When my husband walked in the door he scrunched his nose and said is that dinner? I immediately told him if it bad we will make pizza. I think the sesame oil is what smelled so bad. It was good, but I am not too sure this will be made anytime in the immediate future. It didn't taste much like what you get in a restaurant. Really it was just alright. I am not quite sure how else to explain it. My husband and daughter still enjoyed it, my son wouldn't eat it, and I thought it was so-so.
I am not sure how to change it up or make it better, but I think maybe reduced sodium soy sauce or adding some water with cornstarch might help. If I make it again I will definitely tweak it somehow. Just not sure how and for the time being if I want broccoli beef I will make sure to order take-out.