This and that: Crock pot beef and broccoli

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crock pot beef and broccoli

This week as just flown by and it seems like I have gotten nothing done.. Which is true, but after my last week I deserve to have a little break. It is starting to feel like fall up here in the U.P. The temperatures are starting to drop and mornings are chilly and the leaves are turning colours...
Last week on our Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party, I found this recipe for beef and broccoli from My Biscuits Are Burning that I thought would be wonderful and planned on making it all week.  Well here it is Thursday, the night of the start up of our Linky Party and I am frantically trying to get it made so that I can feature it.  But today seems perfect for a crock pot meal... the wind is a little chilly and it is overcast and looks like rain.  Crock pot meals make me think of autumn for some reason, although I do use mine all year round. And as you know, I very seldom make a recipe like it says.. So here are my changes.....

                                                    Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
1 -1.5 pounds beef
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp red onions
1 tbsp banana pepper
1 tsp anise
1 pkg Swanson flavor boost concentrate - beef flavour (mix with 1 cup water)
1/4 cup maggi liquid seasoning
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp of liquid from crock pot after beef is cooked
broccoli florets (as much as you want)
red onions (as much as you want)

Cut beef into small strips and place in crock pot.  put cloves, onions, banana pepper and anise and grind into a paste ( or you could grind in a food processor.  Add Swanson flavor boost concentrate with water, liquid maggi seasoning, soy sauce, brown sugar and oil. Stir and pour over beef strips.
The original recipe said to cook on low for 6-7 hours.  I didn't give myself enough time so I cooked on high for an hour and then turned down to low for 5 hours.
In a cup stir corn starch and liquid from crock pot until smooth.  Add to crock pot and stir well.
Add broccoli florets and onions.  Stir to combine.  Cook for another 1/2 hour on high.  Serve with rice or you can also serve with noodles.
beef strips
onions, ginger, garlic, anise
grind into a paste

add liquids and brown sugar
waiting to be eaten!
And the verdict of this meal........ It's a keeper.  My husband as he sat down to the table said, this looks like it is something that is good.  And it tasted good, maybe a little bit to salty with both the soy sauce and maggi liquid seasoning.  Next time I think I will reduce the amount.
                               til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys

Links: Food on Friday -Slow cooker dishes, Simple Supper Tuesday

Freedom Fridays

Everyday Mom's Meals


  1. Hi there. How about linking this in to Food on Friday: Slow Cooker? Cheers

  2. Great that you linked in - thanks. Cheers

  3. I'm really starting to envy people with crock pots. I need to start looking up my options so I know what to purchase. This is such a great recipe!

    1. Ellen, I have two crockpots and love using them... I find it is a great way to use cheaper meat and make a meal taste wonderful. I use mine all year long.

  4. this sounds like something both my daughters would love! They always want chicken or beef with broccoli if we order out. Thank you for sharing with us :)

    1. Isabelle, I think this recipe turned out wonderful.. Let me know if you try it.

  5. Hi, Marlys
    I tend to think of the slow cooker more in the autumn as well. It must be because I associate it with "heavier" meals like stews and so forth. Your beef dish looks tasty.

  6. This looks delicious and I love the crock pot part. It's a busy mom's best friend! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Have a blessed week & please come back soon ~EMM

  7. I love this because 1 - It looks divine and 2 - it's a crock pot meal! Those are seriously my favorite!! Can't wait to try :) New follower here. Yay for being blog friends!!

    1. Let me know what you think when you make this.

  8. This looks so yummy and perfect for the Fall, new follower from Foodie Friends Friday!

  9. I'm definitely going to have to try this. My husband loves anything with Maggie. His German mom used it all the time.

  10. This may be a stupid question but this recipe looked so good I wanted to make it but I came across the item of Maggi Seasoning and I am not familiar with this product. It might be called something else when I live but can you give me an idea of what it is or used for? Much appreciated thanks

  11. This beef and broccoli looks so good, and I love that it's a crock pot recipe too. I'm featuring you this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.


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