Slow Cooker Recipe: Beef with Vegetables

Last week I got a slow cooker for my birthday. I have wanted one for ages but have never got around to actually buying one. For my first cook I thought I would start simple and just do beef and vegetables. I know people usually use a slow cook type of beef like braising steak or brisket but all I had was a small joint of topside in my fridge, so I sliced this up into steaks. I made this recipe up as I went along and it turned out very tasty!
                 Slow Cooker vegetables


 
Ingredients
  • 1 x Small Topside joint (1kg)
  • 4 x Carrots
  • 1 x Small bag of new potatoes
  • 2 x Red Onions
  • 1 x Swede
  • 1 x Leek
  • 4 x Shallots ( cut length ways in half)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 600 ml of beef stock

 

                Beef in a frying pan
Method
 
  • Cut the topside joint into steaks and brown in the frying pan
  • Arrange all the vegetables into the bottom of the slow cooker with the shallots on top of the other vegetables.
  • Place the browned topside steaks on top of the vegetables and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Add the beef stock
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 9 hours

 

                Browned beef on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker
                                       Pouring stock over the beef and vegetables
                             Beef and vegetables slow cooking away
The smell was amazing while it was slow cooking all afternoon. I was tempted to lift the lid and stir, but that is one thing you must not do. The condensation from the cooking is kept inside while the lid is left on and so there is no need to stir as it keeps the meat moist and succulent.
                  Finished recipe of slow cooked beef and vegetables
My slow cooker is a family size one at 6 litres so I cooked enough in it for about 6 portions.
I have found a new love for slow cooking. I can’t wait to try out other recipes. I think it’s perfect for us with a new baby on the way as its easy to put on and forget about for a few hours.
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27 Comments

  1. August 18, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I always think veggies are soooo tasty when cooked like this! Think i feel my slow cooker coming out again!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday xx #tribalchat

  2. August 17, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I love my slow cooker, there is nothing better than putting it on in the morning going out for the day and coming how to a yummy dinner especially in the winter. I’ve never thought of putting new potatoes in mine but it’s definitely something I’m going to try next time I use my slow cooker

    Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFriday

  3. August 14, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    I don’t eat meat but I’m sure it will earn me some brownie points if i present it to my husband. It’s definitely the kind of meal he enjoys #foodiefriday

  4. August 14, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    This sounds like a lovely crock pot stew! Thanks for sharing #foodiefriday

  5. August 12, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I love using my slow cooker, especially in the winter. I love how it fills the whole house with a great smell. #foodiefriday

  6. January 30, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    I'm not very good at cooking. It is not my thing but my husband is good at it. He likes following recipes. I don't have a slow cooker at home but after reading this I was thinking that we should get one. It looks so good and healthy. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I'm so happy to have you for the first time. I hope that you like it.I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  7. January 27, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I love my slwo cooker and often cook meals like this in it! I really want to do beef in it now but I don't have any in. My daughters favourite is very similar to yours but with chicken and blitzed into a soup. #KCACOLS

  8. January 25, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    This looks so good. I love my slow cooker, I haven't used it in a while though so I might make thus recipe one day this week. I love how you can just do it in the morning and just forget about it for the day.xx #kcacols

  9. January 24, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    This looks really nice! We have had a slow cooker for some time but we tried a few recipes and they didn't turn out quite right. Might dig it out and try this! #KCACOLS

  10. January 24, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I make something very similar to this in my slow cooker which originated from a weight watchers recipe. It's so easy to make & brilliant in the winter. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  11. January 24, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    I make something very similar to this in my slow cooker which originated from a weight watchers recipe. It's so easy to make & brilliant in the winter. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  12. January 24, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Forgot to say – welcome to #KCACOLS too!! So happy to have you come and link up for the first time! 😄

    • January 24, 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks I have really enjoyed browsing other blogs through the linkup! xx

  13. January 24, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    I love using our slow cooker – especially around this time told year. I go through phases of using it loads and then not at all though. This looks very tasty.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again next week Xx

  14. January 24, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I've had a slow cooker for a while, but I've never made this. I'm going to give this a go this week 🙂
    Laura xx
    #KCACOLS

  15. January 24, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    what a delicious family meal option! I don't think we have ever done beef in the slow cooker!! Thanks or sharing #KCACOLS

  16. January 24, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    I do love these slow cook all in one pot recipes, I do them all the time but in a massive pot on a low heat in the oven as there isn't a slow cooker big enough for my hungry family of teens. #KCACOLS

    • January 24, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      My mum used to do the same with us when we were growing up, she used to do hers on the rayburn. when there is a lot of you a slowcooker is not always big enough.

  17. January 24, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    i love my slow cooker but never done a stew before – this sounds yum! #KCACOLS

  18. January 24, 2016 / 1:46 am

    This looks great! I'm such a fan of the slow cooker because it makes me look like a really good cook when I haven't really done much work at all 😉

    • January 24, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      Hahaha! I totally agree! It can turn everyone into a great cook! xx

  19. January 23, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I love my slow cooker! couldn't live without it. There are so many things you can make with it. Will definitely need to try a beef dish soon!
    #KCACOLS

    • January 24, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      There are many recipes I really want to try with it! xx

  20. January 19, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Oh welcome to your new life! I love my slow cooker and couldn't be without it. This looks lovely and I'm a veggie, but I do cook meat for guests, I will guve this a try xx #tastytuesday

  21. January 19, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Not the biggest fan of slow booked recipes but this looks lovely 🙂

  22. January 19, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Looks very tasty. I just got a slow cooker for Xmas, so I'm at that trial stage too. So far done a ham, a curry and a pilaf but not got round to blogging the recipes yet #TastyTuesdays

  23. January 19, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    I really want to get a slow cooker because these sort of recipes are perfect for the winter weather x

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