Slow Cooker Beer Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Onions

Slow cookers are great aren’t they? You put some love into preparing the ingredients, throw it all in and let the slow cooker do the rest of the work, then later you have a fabulous tasting dish. Well, ok, not of all the time. I have had a few dishes that didn’t turn out as well as I thought it would. This dish came out really well….. nice, tender pieces of beef flavored with herbs and spices all nestled in a savory sauce with onions and tomatoes.

Here’s how to make it:

Cut a chuck roast into large pieces.

In a large bowl, season beef with salt, pepper, dried thyme, sage, Italian seasoning, paprika, ( I used half sharp Hungarian style, but you can use sweet if you’d like) garlic powder and onion powder. I do not measure, I always add to taste. Mix to coat beef with the herb/spice mixture.

Add a few Tbs of flour to the beef as well and mix to coat all sides.

Add enough olive oil or any other oil you prefer, to coat the bottom of a larger skillet. Heat to med high and add beef to the pan. Do not over crowd the pan because this will not allow the meat to brown as well as it should. Working in batches, brown beef on all sides and place in the slow cooker.

Chop a medium size onion and place into the slow cooker. Add in 1/2 C of beef broth, a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of ale or beer, 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 bay leaf. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. Remove the bay leaf.

Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, leaving the liquid in the slow cooker. If you want the beef in smaller pieces, shred with a fork and set aside. Mix together 2 to 3 tsp of arrow root to 1 Tbs of water. Pour this into the slow cooker and stir. Continue cooking on high for 15 to 30 minutes, or until the sauce becomes as thick as you like.

Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Welcome

So this is me, Christy.

Welcome to my blog. I am a Southern girl who has a passion for cooking and discovering new cuisine. I first learned how to cook by some of the best cooks I know…nope no professional chefs involved, but rather my mom, dad and my grandmother.  To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooking for the ones I love. Some of my fondest memories are sitting around the table with family and friends, eating great food and just enjoying our time together.

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Cheese stuffed Burgers

I thought I would start out with something simple. This I made a few weeks ago and it is rather messy, and definitely for a cheat day, but it is oh so good. I’m mean how can it not be….look at all that cheesy goodness. So here’s how you can make it.

Cheese Stuffed Burgers

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire or more
  • sliced cheddar cheese (or any other cheese you prefer
  • desired toppings and condiments

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, onion powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form into patties.

Place one or two slices of cheese on top one of the patties. Place another patty on top of the cheese and seal the edges of beef around the cheese. This prevents the cheese of oozing out of the patties while cooking, all though I have some of the cheese to escape. Continue this with the rest of the patties.

In a large skillet,( I prefer to use a cast iron skillet, but that’s just my preference.) heat until pan is hot, add patties and cook about 5 to 10 minutes on each side. Take patties out of pan and cover loosely with foil and let them rest for about 5 minutes.

Place on desired hamburger buns and top with your favorite toppings.

Enjoy!

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