Slow Cooker Braised Beef

I love my slow cooker! When I was single and working full-time, I could put together a meal and let it cook all day as I worked. As soon as I got home, I would smell a wonderful dish ready to eat. What could beat that?

I may be a full-time stay-at-home-mom now, but I still rely on my crock pot. In the summer, it is the perfect way to cook a dish without heating the house by using the oven. Am I the only one who avoids using the oven in the summer?

Slow Cooker Braised Beef BitsWhen I saw this recipe for Slow Braised Beef Bits on Pinterest, I was intrigued. There was a problem though. I called for roasting in an oven for 3 hours. My oven on for three hours in the summer? Nope. Not going to happen. So I decided to try the recipe in my slow cooker instead. I’m glad I did. It turned out amazing! 

I seasoned 2 pounds of stew meat with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper then placed it in my slow cooker. 

Slow Cooker Braised Beef BitsIn a bowl, I mixed together 1 can golden mushroom soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup beef stock, 1/2 cup sherry wine, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 1 tablespoon dried thyme. I added 4 beef bouillon cubes to the bowl, then, I poured it over the stew meat.

Slow Cooker Braised Beef BitsNow, I added 10 oz of halved mushrooms, 1 diced shallot, and 3 cloves of minced garlic to the crock pot. I covered the slow cooker and set it on low to cook for 9 hours. 

Slow Cooker Braised Beef BitsI served this dish with mashed potatoes, which worked as the perfect complement, although I’m sure it would taste great with noodles or rice.

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Bits

 

For a complete, printable recipe, go to Adventures of a Jayhawk Mommy where this post originally appeared.

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