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Monday, July 1, 2019

Backstrap (or beef) and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Make a take out inspired dinner in your slow cooker or instant pot.  We love making this with venison backstrap, but but beef works well too!


close plate of backstrap and broccoli served on rice with instant pot in background


    Turn venison backstrap or beef roast into a dinner your family will love.  This delicious dinner is inspired by take out beef and broccoli, but is made easily in the slow cooker.  You can also make it much quicker in an instant pot. It is perfect for busy days. Just make some rice and you're ready to go!




    I make this every so often and we all loved it.  So I knew I needed to make it again for you all!  It is so easy and really tasty.

     It makes your venison backstraps so tender and yummy and gives you all of the flavor of take-out Chinese food.  You could use beef, of course, but I think it is a really great way to use deer.



   I have made this recipe both with chunks of backstrap and really thin slices.  Both work great, it's more a matter of texture and preference than anything.

   If you choose to use thin slices, I find that the easiest way to do it is to slice it while it is still mostly frozen.

   Just use a really sharp knife and shave away.  If you prefer chunks, feel free to go that way as well.  The thin slices just ensure a really tender end product.



Backstrap and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker

   This is a perfect dinner for a weeknight.  Just throw the meat and sauce in the crockpot.  I cooked mine for around  6 hours, but if you need to cook it a little longer it will be fine.

      The meat may start to shred a bit after a while, but it will still taste wonderful!  All you have to do at the end of the day is throw in the broccoli and some cornstarch and turn it up for a half hour while you make your rice.  Then dinner is served and you look like a rock star!

plate of backstrap and broccoli in front of instant pot

Backstrap and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

   If you forgot to get dinner in the slow cooker, don't despair! You can also make this recipe in a pressure cooker.

  The results are about the same, but you can have it done in under an hour instead of letting it cook all day.  Just cook the meat in the flavorful sauce, then add the broccoli and steam until just tender.

   Then all you have to do is add the cornstarch slurry to thicken it up and serve it over rice.  Both methods are absolute winners!

plate of backstrap and broccoli with sesame seeds on top


We love this just the way it is.  My husband also loves it with sriracha.  He likes everything a bit hotter!  I think it is really good both ways.




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American
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee

Backstrap (or beef) and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Make a take out inspired dinner in your slow cooker or instant pot. We love making this with venison backstrap, but but beef works well too!

ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds venison backstrap (or beef roast)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3-4 cups broccoli (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • optional: additional vegetables*, scallions or sesame seeds

instructions:

How to cook Backstrap (or beef) and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

Slow Cooker Instructions
  1. Cut the backstrap into either small cubes or thinly slice it against the grain.
  2. Place the meat in the slow cooker.
  3. Mix together the broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Pour over the meat.
  4. Cook for 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.  
  5. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and a couple of Tablespoons of cold water. Stir into the meat and sauce in the slow cooker. Add the broccoli and cook on high for 1/2 hour. 
  6. Serve over rice and garnish with scallions or sesame seeds if desired. 
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Cut the backstrap into either small cubes or thinly slice it against the grain.
  2. Place the meat in the instant pot.
  3. Mix together the broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Pour over the meat.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, then do a quick release.
  5. Add the broccoli and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes, then do another quick release.
  6. Switch to saute mode. Make a slurry out of the cornstarch and a couple of Tablespoons of cold water. Stir into sauce and continue to stir until the sauce is bubbly and thickened.
  7. Serve over rice and garnish with scallions or sesame seeds if desired. 

NOTES:

*you can add additional vegetables along with the broccoli as long as the cook time is similar.
Calories
282.46
Fat (grams)
5.59
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.99
Carbs (grams)
18.63
Fiber (grams)
4.06
Net carbs
14.57
Sugar (grams)
7.27
Protein (grams)
39.31
Sodium (milligrams)
1426.32
Cholesterol (grams)
89.58
Created using The Recipes Generator



Make a take out inspired dinner in your slow cooker or instant pot. We love making this with venison backstrap, but but beef works well too!


Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

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