This crockpot Italian beef recipe is the ultimate comfort food.
Kent and I make it a priority for all of us to eat together as a family as often as possible. Sadly, we know that our time is limited before our kids are grown and gone, and we want to enjoy these moments as much as possible until then. But some nights it just doesn't work. Last night we were running kids around and knew we'd be eating at different times, so I pulled out my crock pots and threw together a couple of easy recipes for a hot “feel good” meal — everyone loves this crockpot Italian beef recipe served with creamy mashed potatoes. And what makes it even better, you can start with frozen solid beef! (I always forget to get meat out ahead of time.)
Crockpot Italian Beef Recipe and Mashed Potatoes
- Grass fed round steak frozen is fine -- they say about 1 pound/person, but we like extra for leftovers (Here's where to find safe, healthy meat online if you don't have a good local source.)
- Extra beef bones from the farm if your round steak doesn't have a bone
- A splash of raw apple cider vinegar
- A few cloves of fresh garlic chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder)
- 1 onion chopped (or some dried onion)
- 1/2 teaspoon each of your favorite Italian seasonings (add more to your own taste) these are optional by the way, you may just want to savor the beefy flavor on its own -- it depends on my mood!: rosemary, marjoram, oregano, thyme
Mashed potato ingredients:
- In my bigger (7 quart) crock-potgrass fed round steakI put in frozen solid at about 9:00 a.m. and turn it on high. If your round steak has a bone in it you're all set for some good broth, if not add extra beef bones. If yours isn't frozen, you can first brown it (fry it) on both sides in some bacon fat or butter which will give it even more flavor.
- Throw in the garlic, onion, and Italian seasonings. Add water just to cover the meat, along with a splash of vinegar, so it will make a good, healthy broth as it cooks. (Vinegar draws the minerals out of the bones.) Cook all day to get the meat nice and tender and flavorful. (This makes the house smell SO good!)
- You can make the mashed potatoes ahead too: boil potatoes until tender, drain, mash with milk or cream--just a little at a time to get the consistency you like, along with the cream cheese, butter, sea salt and pepper (taste-test until it's just right, yum!). Now you can put these into another smaller crock-poton low, or just wait and make these closer to mealtime.
- Right before eating, if you'd like your broth more like a gravy instead of like a soup (but is delicious either way), just mix up the flour with cold water until it makes a semi-thick paste. Add some hot broth slowly into this mixture and keep whisking, then add all of that into the broth. (You're basically bringing the temp of the mixture up before putting it all in, this will minimize clumps.)
- Any leftover meat and broth can be made into a vegetable beef soup the next day.
Easy and fast! I love it when my family can come home to the delicious smell of a home-cooked meal like this crockpot Italian beef recipe.
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