A super simple slow cooker beef recipe that I have created from a few recipes I have found online, I simplified it to use fewer pans and require less prep. I use different root vegetables depending on what I have in the fridge.
- 1.5 L water boiled from kettle
- 1 Large White / brown onion cut into large chunks
- 1/2 Swede cut into small chunks
- 2 Large Carrots cut into chunks
- 400 g Lean stewing steak or rump steak cut into chunks
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 75 g Plain flour
- 2 tsp Dried parsley
- 2 tsp Dried Thyme
- 3 Beef stock cubes
- 1 tsp Marmite or generic yeast extract
- 4 tbsp Tomato sauce or 2 tbsp of tomato puree
- Splash of Worchester sauce
- Black pepper freshly ground - to taste
- Peel, cut and prep all veg and place into slow cooker
- Put the flour, crumbled stock cubes, parsley, thyme and a few twists of pepper into a bowl and mix through.
- Add oil to a large skillet, pan or wok and toss in the beef. Move around to coat the meat in oil.
- Transfer the beef to the flour mix and coat the oiled beef with the flour mixture. Start to heat the oil in the pan.
- Transfer the flour coated beef back to the pan, do this carefully so that you are not putting all the flour that is left over into the pan.
- Seal the beef and cook for around 10 minutes over a low heat. Towards the end I like to add the tomato sauce, Marmite and a few splashes of Worcester sauce. These ingredients can however be added directly to the veg in the next step if you prefer.
- While you are sealing in the meaty goodness add the rest of the flour mixture to the veg and mix in about 1 litre of water straight from the kettle. Do this in stages and stir to mix in the flour mixture. Add the Marmite and Worcester sauce if you did not add it to the meat.
- Once the meat is ready transfer this to the slow cooker and place it on top of the veg. Top up with water or a bit of red wine so that the meat is half covered.
- Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high (depending on cooker). I like to serve this quite simply with mash or rice and use a bit of brown bread if there is any gravy left.