Sunday, June 21, 2020

Slow Cooker Beef Tips & Gravy

Tender beef slow cooked in gravy and can be served over pasta, rice, or potatoes - your choice!

I have been branching out over the past couple of years and trying more recipes that have "gravy" mentioned anywhere in it. I used to shy away from it even if it wasn't a traditional gravy in the recipe. This recipe has gravy, but it's cooked down to where it isn't really the same as traditional gravy and I probably would have enjoyed it years ago. That's okay though. I have finally stepped out of my gravy-hating comfort zone and have found so many great recipes because of it. We served our beef tips over pasta but you can do rice or potatoes. I know it would be fantastic over a bed of mashed potatoes!

What you need:
For the Beef Tips:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. stew meat
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 to 6 minced garlic cloves
For the Gravy:
  • 1 to 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. beef bouillion
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. ground thyme
  1. For the Beef Tips: Season stew meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  3. Sear beef in skillet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to a slow cooker. Reserve the juices from the pan.
  4. Top beef with onions and garlic.
  5. To the juices in the skillet, add butter and melt. You want to have about 1/2 cup of "liquid" in the skillet. If you have too much beef juice, I would drain all but 2 Tbsp. and then add 2 Tbsp. of butter. But add as much butter as you need to reach 1/2 cup of liquid.
  6. Whisk flour into butter until combined.
  7. Add remaining gravy ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer until thickened.
  8. Add gravy to slow cooker and stir.
  9. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or on LOW for 5 to 7 hours.
  10. Serve with potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings

I'm partial to making beef roasts in the slow cooker and Mutti's Sauerbraten is one of my favorite roasts - and it has gravy too! This recipe for Beef Tips and Mushroom Gravy from Dinner at the Zoo can be made in 30 minutes, so it's great for a quick weeknight meal.

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