Mandarin Teriyaki Pork and Broccoli

My family loves ordering Chinese food…but it’s easily forty dollars with all the sides and additions everyone wants. One kid wants sesame chicken, another wants orange chicken…I want pepper steak and we’ll fight over rangoons.

While I might still pick up the fortune cookies and potstickers from the grocery store, everyone loves this slow-cooker version of pork and broccoli. Even my pickiest eater gets excited when it’s going to be a Chinese food kind of night!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 lbs. Pork Steak, trimmed of fat and cut into small pieces
  • 20.5 oz. Bottle Mandarin Teriyaki sauce, Panda Express makes a good one
  • 2 12-14oz. Bags of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2C dry orzo or pastina pasta, or substitute sesame seeds
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Red Pepper Flakes, optional

What To Do:

  1. Spray the inside of your crock with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the pork and ¼ of the teriyaki sauce.
  3. Set on high and allow to cook for 3-4 hours…or set on low and let it cook longer.
  4. Drain liquid from pork and return crock to base.
  5. Since we don’t want mushy broccoli, we’re adding it to the pork now…along with another 2/4 of that sauce.
  6. Fill the pot to the top with broccoli, drizzle with sauce, and stir the pot.
  7. Turn the pot to high, if it isn’t already, and let the broccoli cook for 1-2 hours.
  8. Before serving, stir in the pasta or sesame seeds as well as the rest of the sauce, and let cook for ten additional minutes.
  9. Sprinkle individual servings with red pepper flakes to taste.

There you have it! Tender pork in a sweet and (optionally) spicy sauce that’s perfect for you and the kiddos. Can’t find pork or don’t want to trim and cube it? Substitute raw beef or chicken and it will still come out delicious. Serve your main course with potstickers, wontons, rangoons, egg rolls, rice and fortune cookies for a full-on Chinese at-home take-out meal!

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