Monday, September 29, 2008

I Love My Slow Cooker

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

Happy Monday to everyone. I hope that y'all don't mind another cooking post. On my mind this morning is how to serve my family better. This week I am going to try to get supper made early in the day. It is so tough at 4-5pm to start from scratch. My slow cooker will help me do that.

Also, for those of us who enjoy a great before and after, check out our friend Sarah's table and chairs. Great makeover, Sarah. I make the same kind of mess when I paint!

Here is a meal that I will put together for one evening.

This is really more like a stew, so don't be put off by the word "soup".

Steak Soup

(2-pound) package top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups water
5 baking potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 carrots, sliced
2 small onions, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 cup frozen sweet green peas
1 (16-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
2 Tbs steak sauce (optional - we like A-1)
1 to 2 teaspoons pepper

Toss together steak and flour.

Brown steak in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together steak, 4 cups water, and remaining ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker.

Cook, covered, at HIGH 8 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Yield: Makes 16 cups

Southern Living, NOVEMBER 1999

My notes: You can use lean ground beef instead. It is also great that way. Mix the flour in after you brown the meat. I almost always add more veggies depending on what I have. Add some more water if you do this. I have even used half of the amount of potatoes and it was great. Obviously less veggies will make it less stew like.

Quick Delicious Rolls
These taste like a cross between a muffin and a biscuit.
450° oven

2 cups self-rising flour
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup milk
1 tsp. sugar

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl about 2 minutes. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full; bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. (the mayo is the binder. These *do not* taste like mayo.)


Darlene said...

That sounds DELICIOUS and I LOVE using my crock pot. I am printing this one off...thanks so much!

Darlene said...

Oh, and I LOVE your new blog look. I hope it hasn't been up for awhile and I am just noticing...:(

Reynie said...

I love using my crock pot to make soups. This one sounds so yummy. Much more substance to it than a normal soup.

Sarah Kate said...

Looks wonderful. The rolls sound great too. I am putting this exact meal on my grocery list!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Well, I LOVE cooking posts and getting new recipes that people have tested and liked, so keep 'em coming girl! Thanks for sharing the soup recipe, it sounds yummy! :)

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Thanks for the recipes! Nothing is better in the fall than the smell of the slow cooker going all day :)