I tried a new recipe today – another crock pot recipe. I’ve told you I am big (*huge*) fan of the crock pot. I mean, seriously, why wouldn’t you be when it takes a cheap cut of meat and makes something scrumptious out of it with little to no effort on your part?
And this was definite scrumptiousness. SuperMan said it reminded him of something his mom would’ve cooked. High praise, let me tell you, and something I have never heard with regards to my cooking in almost 20 years of marriage.
So, this one is worth trying out. Ok?
I actually had both crock pots going tonight. I had the big one with a batch of tortilla soup that I had made earlier in the week and felt like it needed a little more “doctoring.” So, I added a can of enchilada sauce and put it back on to simmer for a while. The little one had tonight’s dinner yumminess in it.
The recipe comes from a Taste of Home Slow Cooker recipe book. It’s called “Beef in Onion Gravy” but I think that sounds way too bland for how this tastes.
Here’s the recipe, and my modifications are noted as well. (because I hardly ever cook anything exactly like the recipe, unless I’m baking)
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (I used the low fat variety)
2 Tbsp Lipton Onion Soup Mix (I used the whole pack)
2 Tbsp Beef Broth (I used about 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
1 lb beef stew meat (I used 1 1/2 lbs)
- (I seasoned my meat using Houston House Seasoning and then browned it off in a skillet for about 10 minutes)
- In a 1 1/2 quart slow cooker, combine the soup, soup mix, tapioca, broth. Let stand 15 min (I let stand while I browned the meat)
- Stir in the beef. (I also used about 1/4 cup water and deglazed the skillet and added that yumminess (the fond) to the crock pot)
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hrs (I cooked on high for 4 1/2 hrs)
- (While it was cooking I thought the gravy mixture was too gelatinous so I added about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of water and mixed it in. )
- I cooked some egg noodles al dente and dumped them in the pot with the beef and gravy just before serving.
We served it with a salad.
My 8 year old said, “Mom, when I first saw this I thought it looked gross. Then, I tasted it and it’s YUM!” She proceeded to clean her plate.
So, kid-tested and hubby-approved.
I hope you give it a try and let me know how your family liked it!