Beef, Dinner, one pot meals

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Okay, so we made stuffed peppers in the crockpot and they came out great. Now we have a one pot casserole based off the stuffed pepper that is just as good. As the weather is starting to turn colder, this is a hot and hearty one pot dinner.

I guess you could call it a deconstructed stuff pepper when you look at all the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1-2 cups Colby Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  • In high sided pan combine ground beef, peppers, onion, oregano, salt and pepper and cook until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  • Add in garlic and cook about 1 minutes.
  • Add beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar, stir to combine then bring to a boil.
  • Add rice and stir to combine, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until rice is tender and juices are mainly soaked up.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheese.
  • Top with remaining cheese and place cover back on to melt.
  • Serve with chopped parsley if desired.

Enjoy!

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Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

Hubby made a easy classic dish in the crockpot last week – Stuffed Peppers. We generally make them at this time of year when we can harvest the peppers we have grown in our little garden.  This year was not a good pepper year for us. Jalapeno peppers thrived while bell peppers did not take. They blossomed but then nothing. So now is a good time to pick up some peppers at.the farm market and give this recipe a try. This recipe was adapted from I Wash You Dry post.

  • 5 large bell peppers (you can use a mix of red, yellow and orange too)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (ground turkey works well too)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tbsp A1 steak sauce
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cooked brown and wild rice mix (any type of cooked rice will work)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • Cut the tops of the peppers off and discard the seeds and stems, but save the pepper portion of the tops and dice. Reserve 1/2 cup for the filling.
  • Combine the diced peppers, ground beef, onion, steak sauce, tomato sauce and rice in a large bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff each pepper with the ground beef mixture and place in the crock pot.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup of water into the bottom of the crock pot and cover. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. Just before serving top with the shredded cheese and cover until melted. Enjoy!

The bottom of the slow cooker will have quite a bit of water after cooking from the peppers releasing their water. Use a slotted spoon to pick up the peppers and let drain before plating.

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French Onion Beef and Noodles

We tried a new recipe last night and I can’t wait to make it again. This was a pinterest find from The Salty Marshmallow that so flavorful. We tweaked the recipe a bit and next time will probably add some mushrooms, but the creamy beef flavor was delightful.

  • Ingedients
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Beef Stew Meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 10.5 Ounce Can French Onion Soup
  • 3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 12 Ounces Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup French Fried Onions
Instructions
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the beefand chopped onion, and season with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes until beef is seared on all sides. 
  • Add French onion soup an beef broth to the pot and bring to a simmer.Simmer the beef on low for 10 minutes, then add the egg noodles and simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally until the noodles are tender.
  • Remove the pan from the heat.  Stir in the sour cream and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with french onions as desired.
Option – add 8 oz. Sliced mushrooms with beef and onion. 
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Comfort meal worth trying

When I think comfort two dishes come to mind..the first is mac and cheese and the second is meatloaf. Now hubby asked what would taste good that night for dinner as he was home early. Meatloaf can to mind instantly. This one is very moist and flavorful. Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman has a delicious meat loaf wrapped with crisp bacon. How can you resist.
1 cup whole milk
6 slices white sandwich bread (the soft stuff!)
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 to 1/2 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
4 eggs, beaten
8 to 12 thin bacon slices
3/4 cup ketchup
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Several dashes hot sauce (more if you like)
Dash or two of Worcestershire sauce

  1. For the meatloaf: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pour the milk over the bread and allow it to soak in for several minutes. Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, salt, some pepper, seasoned salt and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the eggs. With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a foil-lined broiler pan, which will allow the fat from the meat to drain.
  4. Lay the bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf to give the meatloaf some support.
  5. Next, make the tomato sauce: Pour the ketchup into a bowl. Add the brown sugar and dry mustard, and splash in the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Stir the mixture until well combined. Pour one-third of the sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, and then pour over another one-third of the remaining tomato sauce over the meatloaf. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes; the meatloaf should be no longer pink in the middle. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with the remaining tomato sauce on the side as a dipping sauce.
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Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

With our son home for winter break we asked him if there were any special meals he might want prepared.  First up was spaghetti with bread crumbs and olives, then his favorite – pork tenderloin with prosciutto and lemons and then finally this one.  This is adapted from Paula Deen’s recipe and was in one her original magazines which we have kept.  We have made this so many times and it never fails to please us.  Hubby stopped in at lunch time to throw this together and by dinner time it was ready.  He heads back on Sunday and it will be back to cooking for two unless our daughter drops in.  We have to find out what her favorite meal is.  What is yours? 

 2 lbs. beef tips 1 large yellow onion, chopped 1 can golden mushroom soup 1 can cream of onion soup – ( you can find at Walmart) 1 (8oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained 1 tsp. pepper 1 (8oz) cream cheese 1 (8oz) carton sour cream 1 (16oz) package of egg noodles, cooked and hot In a slow cooker combine beef tips, onion, onion soup, mushroom soup, mushrooms, and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours (it only took me 6 hours when I prepared this). When done cooking, stir in cream cheese and sour cream and mix until combined. Serve over hot cooked noodles.
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Beef Bourgenioun

Did this recipe and picture we saw on Instagram ever look delicious!  It is a Julia Child recipe that was recreated by Cafe Delights.  So I gathered all the ingredients and prepared it one Sunday afternoon as the snow was falling outside.  The smell was wonderful as it cooked all afternoon.  We served this over rice and I would suggest large bowls as it is very juicy.  A great weekend dinner on these lingering cold nights. 

Ingredients

1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces (170g) bacon, roughly chopped
3 pounds (1 1/2 kg) beef brisket, trimmed of fat (chuck steak or stewing beef) cut into 2-inch chunks
1 large carrot sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 large white onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced (divided)
1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons flour
12 small pearl onions (optional)
3 cups red wine like Merlot, Pinot Noir, or a Chianti — for a milder sauce, use only 2 cups of wine
2-3 cups beef stock (if using 2 cups of wine, use 3 cups beef stock)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 beef bullion cube, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (divided)
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound fresh small white or brown mushrooms, quartered

Stove Top Beef Bourguignon directions:

In a large dutch oven or heavy based pot, sauté the bacon over medium heat in 1 tablespoon of oil for about 3 minutes, until crisp and browned. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large dish and set aside.

Pat dry beef with paper towel; sear in batches in the hot oil/bacon fat until browned on all sides. Remove to the dish with the bacon.

In the remaining oil/bacon fat, sauté the carrots and diced onions until softened, (about 3 minutes), then add 4 cloves minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Drain excess fat and return the bacon and beef back into the pot; season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes to brown.
Add the pearl onions, wine and enough stock so that the meat is barely covered. Then add the tomato paste, bullion and herbs. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat is falling apart.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking time, prepare your mushrooms: Heat the butter in a medium-sized skillet/pan over heat. When the foam subsides, add the remaining 2 cloves garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds), then add in the mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes, while shaking the pan occasionally to coat with the butter. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
Add browned mushrooms to the pot, let simmer for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to combine.

Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.
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Crockpot Salisbury Steak

Our Crockpot has been getting a workout since the beginning of the year.  It seems when we ready to put it away another great recipe is found.  It is not that we don’t have time to cook, it because we have found some great recipes.  I think that winter time is the Crockpot season of cooking and summer is the grilling season. The cold snowy days makes you crave warm comfort foods.  Now,  can I say I really can’t wait for grilling season?  I am a warm weather type of girl, but comfort foods like this will get me through.

6 oz sliced mushrooms
½ onion, sliced
1½ cups beef broth (low sodium)
1oz package brown gravy mix (dry)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon dijon
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons corn starch
4 tablespoons water



Beef Patties
1½ lbs lean ground beef
1 egg yolk
¼ cup minced onion
⅓ cup Panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons milk
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste


Place mushrooms & onions in the bottom of your slow cooker.
Combine beef patty ingredients and form 6 patties. Brown over medium high heat (about 3 minutes per side).

Layer beef patties over mushrooms. Combine remaining ingredients except water and cornstarch. Pour over beef and cook on low 5 hours.

Once cooked, remove patties and set aside.
Turn slow cooker onto high. Combine cold water and cornstarch. Stir into the broth and let cook a few minutes until thickened. Add beef back into the sauce to coat.

Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.