I’ve come to the conclusion that posting every day is just not going to happen here. I don’t cook anything new some days. Some, I don’t cook anything at all. If I did, I have no idea where I’d put it, as the fridge is usually stuffed to the point of exploding!
Over the weekend, I made some chicken vegetable soup with noodles. Of course, I forgot to take any pictures of it until it was at the leftover stage, and not looking all that pretty anymore.
Yesterday, I made beef tips with mushrooms. It was delicious! And easy!
And warm and beefy, too.
The ingredients list here is fairly short. Olive oil, red wine, beef, mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and carrots. I forgot to put the carrots in! Really, I probably shouldn’t drink and cook.
You’ll need about 2 1/2 pounds of beef. I got a boneless shoulder roast and cubed it myself. Stew meat is always rather fatty, I think, and a roast isn’t that much trouble to cube.
Saute 1 cup of shallots and 4 garlic cloves in about 2 tbsp of olive oil. This is my favorite part. It smells SO good!
Add the cubes of beef, and brown.
They will get quite juicy!
When the beef cubes are brown, empty the skillet into the crock pot.
I decided to do the mushrooms separately, so they would be nice and brown without being mangled by the meat.
I do love browned mushrooms!
They go in the crock pot also.
Now, the wine. Some for me…and you…
This was a really tasty Zinfandel, by the way…for under $10! And my beautiful Christmas-themed glass by Lolita is always fun to use.
Add 1-1 1/2 cup wine to the crock pot.
Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours. When the beef tips are tender and almost ready to serve, add 1 bag of frozen carrots (12 oz), or a small bag of baby carrots. Then, cook until tender. Serve over egg noodles, or rice.
I actually put some frozen peas into the crock pot, after I had served dinner. As leftovers, this was even better. I don’t know if it was the peas, or just because somehow the flavors always meld a bit more overnight.
Either way, this was a win with the family. And that makes every day a good one.