Sunday, January 11, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Well our first week back at school was surely a crazy one. Winter decided to grace its presence over Iowa and we had our first big snowfall, extremely cold temps and a blizzard warning all in a matter of days. The girls and I were able to enjoy our first snow day together. Other than that, the week felt chaotic having to drag them out early in those cold temps. That's probably the main thing I miss about working from home. Here's to hoping for a much calmer week.

I prepared these beef tips on Thursday for dinner. I still have to be to work at regular time when the schools delay and I knew we wanted something comforting and warm to eat that night. I quickly threw everything into the crock pot before we left the house that morning and let it cook all day long.

Now I realize I am one of the few lucky ones that am generally home by 4:30 or so in the afternoon, but this can work even if you're gone longer than eight hours during the day. The meat is so incredibly tender after roasting all day long. We served our portions over egg noodles but mashed potatoes would be great as well.

Oh and you won't have to worry about using any cream of mushroom soup in here. It's one ingredient I really try to avoid cooking with. Not just because it's so bad for you, but I have really never liked the way those soups taste. By adding a bit of flour and making your own gravy, the dish tastes much better I promise. Add this to your menu soon and take the night off from cooking!

Slow Cooker Beef Tips


1-1/2 lbs. stew beef
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups beef broth
2-3 tbsp flour


Place beef into the slow cooker and season well with pepper, salt, thyme and brown sugar.  Add in minced garlic. Pour in liquids and cover with lid. Let cook on low for at least 8 hours. If not serving right away, you may turn to warm setting after 8 hours.

Before serving, whisk in 2-3 tablespoons of flour to thicken into a gravy. Serve beef over cooked egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

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