We all have our go-to comforts. My personal favorites include a hot chai tea latte, sweat pants, a Julia Roberts movie and THIS recipe! Over the years, I have expanded my own repertoire of recipes, but there is nothing like a good ole’ comfort classic! I’ve been abundantly blessed to stem from a line of marvelous cooks whose love was served on a warm plate.
But in my humble opinion, a hearty comfort food does not necessarily require hours spent in a hot and stuffy kitchen. As if this comforting dish couldn’t get any better, it’s super easy (for the home-cooked challenged) and super quick (for all you busy moms)! Let me tell you about this crockpot wonder…
First, there’s beef. Need I say more? Honestly- enough said- but I will elaborate. Even though my family is more often a chicken-eating kind of crew, I still usually prepare a beef meal at least once throughout my weekly rotation. Then there’s red wine. I don’t actually like to drink wine, but it’s amazing to cook with! The alcohol cooks out and an incredibly rich, savory-sweet flavor is left to permeate the beef.
Two vegetables complete the star line up of ingredients for this meal: chopped celery and onions. You know what that means? Not tons and tons of prep! My Mom seasoned this recipe very simply with salt, pepper, parsley and beef bouillon. There really is no need to add any other spices, but I decided to put my own mark on the beloved family fav by adding a bay leaf- only because they add a touch of earthly warmth that I can’t resist! And in the chill of Cleveland winters, I can use all the warmth I can get! All that’s left is to pick your starch sidekick- warm, buttered egg noodles (my preferred choice), rice, or mashed potatoes- you can’t really go wrong!
As we all know, crockpots have two options of cooking temperatures: low and high. If you find yourself in more of a time crunch, by all means, cook on high for less time. But I will say- if you can- let this cook low and slow for the full 8 hours. It will melt in your mouth! So worth it! And just think of all you can accomplish while your dinner is cooking! I will add, however, try to run a few errands out of the house, because the delightful smell throughout your home tends to make 8 hours feel more like an eternity!
So ladies, get your crockpots ready as I give you a taste of my home with this all-time comfort classic!
1 package of beef tips
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 carton of beef stock, plus 1/2 cup
1/3 cup of good, red wine
2 tsp. beef bullion
1 Tablespoon flour
Salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients (Minus 1/2 cup of stock and flour) into the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Combine 1 Tablespoon of flour and 1/2 cup cold beef stock. Add to beef and stir until well combined. Serve hot over cooked noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Told ya! Enjoy!
The Humble Homemaker