Crockpot beef and beer

I am not a huge crock pot user… crock pot usage requires forethought and, unfortunately, I usually think about what is for dinner when I come home from work. I love the ease of it though, and it does such a great job with cheap cuts of meat. In deference to my children’s taste for meatballs and gravy I came up with this recipe for the crock pot to appease their taste for meat, gravy and mashed potatoes. This recipe came to my mind from my mother’s pot roast recipe. My father was not a fan of pot roast cooked with the potatoes and carrots so my Mother used to cook a pot roast alone with onions and served it with mashed potatoes and cooked carrots on the side to the delight of our family of nine. This is just plain family cooking at it’s best. Here is my version of one of our favorite family meals, but in crock pot form. (This one is for you, Faith!)

crockpot beef

Crock Pot Beef and Onions

2 lbs Stew beef or cubed family steak
1/4 cup flour
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t garlic powder

Throw all the above ingredients in a large ziploc bag and shake until the beef is all covered with the flour mixture. Heat a pot with some oil and brown the beef cubes until completely browned on all sides. Don’t move it around, let it sit and sear well. When all browned put the beef in your crockpot. Add all the below ingredients except for the additional flour/water mixture. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. 1/2 hour before eating, turn the crockpot to high and add the flour/water mixture, stir well, re-cover and cook for 1/2 hour until a nice gravy forms. Serve beef over noodles, mashed potatoes or rice with some nice veg on the side.

1 bottle of good beer or you can use 1 cup of red wine or water (I used a Guinness Stout)
1 sliced onion
2 T beef soup base or a package of onion/beef soup
1 T tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 cup flour mixed with a little cold water

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