Last night I was going to make beef and broccoli stir-fry for supper. The meat was already thawed (a novelty for me since I usually decide that afternoon what I’m making for supper and therefore scramble to get the meat unthawed) and I knew I had a package of broccoli in the freezer. However, after cutting the meat up, I opened the package of broccoli and discovered that it had gone bad…I guess it unthawed too much during our week-long power outage. Hmmm…what to add to the stir-fry now? I decided on pineapple chunks and garlic…and it was amazing! Definitely something I want to make again…so I better record the recipe so I can remember what to do.
Sesame-Garlic Stir-fry with Pineapple
Cut beef into small bite-size chunks and place in wok or large cast-iron skillet. Peel and roughly chop a head of garlic and add. Douse liberally with toasted sesame oil and start sauteing over medium-high heat. Once the meat has mostly browned, season liberally with soy sauce. Sprinkle on a little ground ginger, some sesame seeds and about four or five grinds of pepper. Cook several minutes more. Drain a can of pineapple chunks (which our Trader Joe’s just started carrying…YAY!), reserving the juice. When the meat is almost done, add the pineapple and let cook a minute or two longer. Drink most of the pineapple juice and then dissolve a teaspoon or two of cornstarch in the final dregs and mix thoroughly. Drizzle this over the finished stir-fry and stir a couple times before turning off the heat. Let sit several minutes before serving and then give it all a final stir. Serve over basmati rice.