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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5 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Recipe: Beef with Vegetables

  1. 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

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