Tag Archives: Slow cooker

Beer-Braised Beef with Noodles

1 Jan

I have been trying to find some new recipes, and I found this one and it sounds wonderful, especially on a cold winter’s day.  Now that I am home, I am trying to find recipes to make in my crock-pot.  I just need to get organized, take the time to write a list and then learn to stick to a list while shopping.  I am still looking for a good vegetable recipe to serve alongside this recipe.

Beer-Braised Beef over Noodles:

  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 0z. beer, regular or non-alcoholic
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • hot cooked noodles

In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Place on paper towels; drain, discard drippings.  Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.  In the same skillet brown beef on all sides in oil; drain.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.  Add bacon, onion, garlic and bay leaf.  In a small bowl, combine beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and thyme.  Pour over beef mixture.

Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender.

In a small bowl, combine flour and water, mix until smooth.  Gradually stir into slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes longer or until thickened.  Discard bay leaf.  Server over noodles.

 

Rosemary and Garlic Pork Loin Roast

2 Oct
Garlic & Rosemary Pork Loin Roast

Image by Mat Packer via Flickr

I have been little Miss. Betty Crocker this weekend.   I have made homemade breadsticks, chocolate cake, pumpkin bars and crm cheese frosting.  Tonight for dinner I made this roast, along with stuffing, carrots and green beans.  I have to say it turned out great.  I put it in the crock-pot on high for 6 hours and then turned it down to low for the last hour or so.  I also added the carrots to the crock-pot the last 3 hours.  I even gave my two dogs Bolt (a Westie) and Daisy ( a Golden Retriever/Boxer mix puppy) a taste, and they loved it.

Ingredients:

  • 5 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons dried or 4 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 3-pound bone in pork loin roast
  • sliced carrots

 

1.  Mix first four ingredients in a bowl.

2. Rub mix all over pork.

3. Place roast fat side up in crock-pot, add about 1/4 cup water.  Cover and turn on high for approximately 6 hours.

4.  After 4 hours of cooking add the sliced carrots, cover and continue cooking.

5. When done, slice and pour juices over the meat.  If you have dogs you can also use a little juice to pour over their food, they will thank you for it!

 

When I made this I wasn’t sure how my kids would like it.  To my surprise they loved it.  They still think pork is chicken, whatever, as long as they eat it they can think it is whatever they want.  This is something easy you can just toss in the crock-pot and leave, come home to a great meal.  You could also add potatoes, we just aren’t much of a potato eating family.  Hope you enjoy!