When I mentioned in a Facebook group that I was preparing some meals for later in the week this one caught some attention and I have been asked for the recipe. Well, like many of my meals, recipe is a bit of a joke but I will do my best to explain my method.
2 large pieces of gravy beef in the slow cooker
1 onion, sliced spread on top of the meat
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato sauce (ketchup)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Add all of the ingredients, cook on high for about 6 hours or until beef is tender and can be broken with a spoon.
I then divided the meat and gravy into 2 containers as this will make 4 serves – 2 meals for GMan and I. It is now in the freezer and will be added to the menu plan at a later date.
I usually add a little more water when I am reheating to make the gravy a bit thinner.
Now I will share what I really did.
The onion was frozen onion rings that I had done from a large bag of onions I bought some time ago. I used a handful which was roughly equivalent to one onion. Worcestershire sauce was not measured – just a splash of homemade worcestershire sauce and the tomato sauce and 200ml of water was achieved by rinsing out various almost empty bottles of homemade tomato sauce.
Finally, I tossed in a tablespoon of powdered dried tomato which I made from some of our glut of cherry tomatoes but tomato paste would be equally as good.
I am sure this ‘recipe’ would horrify the purists but it tastes great and when served with mashed potatoes and some other vegetables of your choice makes a hearty meal.
Brilliant! And it is actually more of a ‘recipe’ than the one I’ve just posted. But I think the main thing is the _method_, and the general idea of flavour combinations. Also, both of us throw in tips and shortcuts almost as an afterthought, but which are really what make our styles unique. 🙂
Thanks, Julia. It is is the hints and tips that make the difference between our ‘tried and true’ recipes and the ones you can find on a million different sites on the internet. 🙂
Thank you, I used to make it in the electric frypan and added carrots cooking in water. But I don’t have an electric frypan anymore and needed cooking time etc. It will go over well with my meat eaters.
It is funny how some recipes fall by the wayside as appliances are replaced. Happy to help. I am sure the carnivores will love it.
I’m going to give this a try as I have some steak in the bottom of the freezer to use up. I don’t have any Worcestershire Sauce, any suggestions for an alternative?
Carol, I would suggest checking out my recipe for the homemade Worcestershire sauce – just click on the link – and check out the ingredients. I would just use a bit of vinegar, treacle and cayenne or chilli and garlic. Only a teaspoon or 2 of vinegar and treacle and a pinch of chilli powder and about half a clove of garlic. If you do not have treacle you could use golden syrup, honey or even a teaspoon of sugar.
I am really pleased that you are prepared to think outside the square rather than just rushing out to buy the sauce.
However, I can highly recommend making your own Worcestershire sauce as it is very tasty and a spoonful can make a real difference to many meals.
I hope you will report back and let us know how you go.
Very nice! I love to use my slow cooker (everyday lol) 🙂
I would love to hear some of the things you make in your slow cooker.
I think I may try this – do you think the steak when then make a great pie filling?
Lynda, this would go very nicely as a pie filling. If that is your plan you might reduce the liquid slightly and make sure the meat is totally falling apart. Yum!!
I made the mixture yesterday and added a splash of red wine for an extra little flavour – did the 6 hours and then added a little gravy powder at the end to thicken the sauce nicely. The pies were delicious and I made some potato and sweet potato country chips.
Got 11 pies in total out of the mixture and 4 sheets of puff pastry.
Fantastic, Lynda. Sounds delicious.
Funnily enough, we had a serve of braised steak and onions from the freezer and served it with sweet potato chips. I use the sweet potatoes from our garden, partly cook them in the microwave and then toss in seasoning and bake in a little coconut oil. Yum!!