Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Crockpot Round Steak with Mushroom Gravy

This meal is one of those crockpot meals that literally takes 30 seconds to put together.  Anyone who says they don't have time to put dinner in the crockpot needs to try this.

I do go ahead and get my crockpot and can of soup out on the counter the night before, and thaw the meat so that I have very little prep time in the morning. 

I never seem to have much time in the morning before I leave for work, no matter what time I get up, so quick to put together crockpot meals are lifesavers for me.

There's nothing like coming home after a long day to a house smelling like supper's already on the table.  I usually cook some flat wide egg noodles to go with ours but mashed potatoes or rice would also be great.  Also, don't throw away the leftovers because those can be added to a container in your freezer where you might keep leftover vegetables for soup.  I use any leftover gravy, beef, etc. to add into my vegetable soup, which I call "Free Soup", but I will save that post for another day.

You can use round steak, cube steak, or any tough beef that might be fairly inexpensive (if there is such a thing, right?).  The crockpot cooks all day and leaves the meat fork tender.  The gravy makes it all just over the top.

Here is how I make Crockpot Round Steak with Mushroom Gravy AT HOME MY WAY:

Crockpot Round Steak with Mushroom Gravy
  • Round steak, cube steak, roast, or any "tougher" beef that might be less expensive (enough pieces for your family)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can COLD water (using the soup can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional, but I like it)
  • pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • Crockpot with a lid
Cut the meat into single sized portion sizes and place in the crockpot.  Dump on the soup.  Fill the can almost to the top with cold water.  Add the Kitchen Bouquet (which is a browning ingredient), some pepper, and the flour.  Stir til smooth and dump over the meat.  Stir a little to dissolve the soup & water together. Cover with the crockpot lid and cook all DAY on LOW (8-10 hours).
** You could add drained canned or even fresh mushrooms to this.  My hubby just would croak if he saw a whole mushroom in there so I don't add anything like that.
Give it a little stir before serving and serve over noodles, mashed potatoes or rice.


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