Monday, November 9, 2009

Slow cooked steak


Ingredients:


4 lbs thick steaks with bone and fat

1 medium size onion

5 cloves garlic

Mixed seasoning for rub

1 can diced tomatoes
Oil

Red wine
Salt and pepper



Chose thick fatty steaks on a bone at your supermarket. I recommend using fatty meat in slow cooking because it forms a nice thick sauce and the meat doesn't dry out. The fat will melt and the meat will be tender and juicy. The bone is also important because it will give the sauce a good flavor. The bone will fall off the meat during cooking and can easily be removed. Rub a thick layer of mixed seasoning onto both sides of steaks. I use Cajun spice mix, but you can use any that contains some salt, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, crushed pepper, etc.

Heat the oil in the frying pan and brown the meat for about 5 minutes per side, until the meat is dark brown. Don't worry about cooking the meat all the way through, it will cook in the crock pot. Browning will seal the tasty juices in. When the meat is dark enough, transfer it into the crock pot. Then add whole or coarsely chopped garlic cloves and in the hot oil and and stir them till they are brown too. Deglaze the pan with wine and add that to the crock pot as well.

Add tomatoes and finely chopped onions. Then add more wine so that the meat is completely immersed in liquids. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix the sauce around the meat. Again, make sure that the meat is completely covered with sauce so that it doesn't dry out. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours and then on low for another 4 hours, or just on low for 8-9 hours.

When the meat is fully cooked, it will fall apart and the bones will pull of easily. Serve over pasta or mashed potatoes.






Feature product:

Everyone should own a crock pot! They are cheap and very useful. Even though crock pot dishes are cooked for many hours, generally they don't require much time in preparation.

Put some meat, veggies and spices in your slow cooker in the morning, and when you are back from work, you have a healthy and tasty meal.

I like Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 slow cooker because you can make 3 different size meals. If you feel like cooking just one small piece of meat- you can do it. This is not possible in large crock pots (which most kinds are) because you would have to use way too much sauce (wine, broth, oil, etc) to cover the meat and prevent it from drying out.




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