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!
- 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
- 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
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.
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.