Monday, September 27, 2010

Crockpot Beef Tips and Rice

Braising beef, cut into meaty chunks, slow cooked in a well seasoned gravy and served over rice or egg noodles.
Braising beef, cut into meaty chunks, slow cooked in a well seasoned gravy and served over rice or egg noodles.

Crockpot Beef Tips and Rice

If you have a meat eater in your family, they will love these beef tips and so will you since the slow cooker does the cooking.

You may recall that earlier this summer after some prompting by the Facebook family, I invested in a newer slow cooker hoping to put together some easy meals.  Well, so far I've still not experimented enough to become a big fan of chicken in a crockpot, but there's one thing for sure, besides an excellent way to make a cheater pulled pork for sandwiches, it sure does come in handy for beef roasts doesn't it?

Now, in all fairness, at least to me, it's still not quite the same as a roast slow simmering on the stovetop, or slow cooking in the oven - I seriously can tell the difference! But... it sure is a handy device that lets you focus your attention on other things while producing a pretty darned good roast, nonetheless.

Here, I wanted to just do a very basic beef tip recipe without the usual onion soup mix, cream of something soup, or even a big pile of onions, so I decided to go with simple seasonings and a packet of gravy mix. Nothing new here. I chose Zatarain's Cajun brown gravy mix for the added flavor, and of course, a little sprinkle of my all too familiar to y'all, Slap Ya Mama! {affil link} If you prefer not to use packaged products, you can certainly substitute homemade gravy for this recipe. Simply eliminate the gravy packet and make your own gravy from the drippings when the beef is cooked through and tender.

Once the tips were done, I was a little too impatient to wait for the slow cooker to get back hot enough to boil the gravy for thickening, so I removed the tips, and then carefully transferred the gravy to a saucepan, where I could get it up to a boil fast, and then let it simmer and thicken a little. I was very happy with the flavor of the tips and The Cajun gobbled it up. I served the tips and gravy over rice with a side of okra and tomatoes for me, and salad for non-okra-eating Cajun.

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Recipe: Crockpot Beef Tips and Rice

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 10 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 (3-5 pound) braising roast (see note)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama) {affil link}, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • Splash red wine, optional
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash hot sauce
  • Cooked rice or egg noodles
  • Slurry of cornstarch and water, optional

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cut meat into large cubes and toss with the black pepper and Cajun seasoning. Go light on the Cajun seasoning, since there is salt present in it and in both the commercial broth and the packaged gravy mix, so keep that in mind if you're watching your sodium. Wait to add any additional salt at the end, after tasting. Sear the meat in the hot oil until browned, transfer to crockpot. Add beef broth to the skillet and deglaze the skillet to remove all the browned bits. Transfer all of the liquid to the crockpot.

Whisk together the water, wine, brown gravy mix, thyme, Worcestershire and hot sauce; pour into the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until fork tender. Remove beef tips, cover to keep warm, and set aside. Turn crockpot up to high and cook until gravy thickens. Can also carefully transfer to a saucepan on the stovetop to speed up thickening. If gravy is not thick enough, stir 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into a small amount of cool water to make a slurry, then whisk that into the gravy and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Taste, adjust seasonings, and return tips to the gravy, just to warm through. Serve over rice or noodles.

Note: Use a braising type of roast for this recipe. You'll want an eye or bottom round (not top round) or a chuck (shoulder, arm, or blade) roast. I used a packet of Zatarain's Cajun brown gravy mix. If you prefer not to use packaged products, you can substitute homemade gravy for this recipe. Simply eliminate the gravy packet and make your own gravy from the drippings when the beef is cooked through and fork tender. May also add a can of cream of mushroom soup and a small can of drained, canned mushrooms.

For the Oven: Prepare as above, except preheat oven to 300 degrees F and transfer seared meat to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Whisk together the beef broth, water and seasonings, including hot sauce if using. Pour over the the meat and wrap tightly with several layers of aluminum foil. Bake for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until meat is fork tender.

For the Instant Pot: Sear meat in batches using sauté function; remove and set aside. Turn off pot, combine liquids and deglaze pot with about 1/4 cup, scraping up any browned bits. Return meat to pot, pour remaining liquid on top, seal and cook on high for 20 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then perform a quick release. When using a homemade gravy, prepare liquids as above without the gravy packet and cook as above. When cooking and release time has completed, remove lid, scoop out beef tips and prepare gravy from the drippings. Return meat to gravy to heat through.


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