Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Gravy by my friend Brandie

Hey folks, Angie here & I am so honored to bring you a dish by one of my favorite foodie blogging friends, Brandie. Foodies tend to be a very close knit group & Brandie had me hooked on her food & personality, from the very beginning. She is about as sweet as they come & I just love her to pieces. She is consistently featured on FoodBuzz for her amazing dishes and currently, nominated for Best Blog by Parents magazine. So, let's get to the food stuff...Brandie, take it away!!!

Hello everyone! First let me start off by saying a big THANK YOU to Angie for letting me have some fun on her blog today. It is such a special treat to be here and to have a chance to share a recipe I hope y’all will really enjoy. Angie is an absolute sweetheart and I am so grateful to her for this opportunity to chat with some of her friends.

My name is Brandie, the cook over at The Country Cook.  I live in beautiful Southwest Virginia near the Appalachian mountains. I’m a jack-of-all-trades, like most women. I’m a momma and a wife. I also work part-time outside the home. I love to make comfort food and I like to eat it (who doesn’t?).  My food may not be considered gourmet or fancy but it feeds my family and it gathers us around the table each day. I cook a lot of the same foods my own Momma made and if my husband and son are real quiet while they eat– then I know I did good. And those are the recipes I share with everyone.

I am going to ask that you don't judge this recipe entirely on my picture.  Blame the photographer not the food.  I could have created a far more appetizing shot, but look, my husband was ravenous and I had to get to work so I took a quick picture, we ate, and I made a hasty exit.  And that brings me to why I am posting this recipe.  

The slow cooker is the busy person's best friend. You CAN get a good meal on the table for yourself and your family. Don't feel guilty because you didn't spend 2 hours chopping ingredients or slowly basting a turkey for 5 hours (save that for your days off when you have time and can enjoy the process).  Also, who needs all the dirty dishes cluttering their sinks on work days? Not me, I tell ya. I have enough to worry about and I actually want to spend time with my family rather than cooking and cleaning for the few hours a day we all have together. 

Plus, it is the perfect summer weather companion. No turning on the oven!
So dust off your Crock Pots if you haven't used them in a while and make a hearty meal and feel good that you did a good days work and managed to put food on the table for the people you love.

Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Gravy
1 1/2 lb. beef tips (or cubed beef stew meat)*
1 package of dry Onion Soup Mix
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can of Beef Broth

Add beef to slow cooker. In a bowl, combine dry Onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and beef broth.  Stir to combine and pour over beef in slow cooker.
Stir all ingredients together.
Cook on low for at least 6-8 hours.  Give everything a good stir before serving. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or egg noodles.  Enjoy with your favorite veggies and salad.

Cook’s note: You can use a whole beef roast instead of cubed stew meat. If you don’t have cream of mushroom soup, you can substitute cream of chicken. Also, if you are sensitive to salt, I would suggest using a low sodium cream soup as well as a low sodium beef broth

A BIG thank you to my girlfriend, Amy, for sharing this recipe with me.  Some of the best recipes in my bulging recipe binder come from my friends.  Thank you!


1 comment:

  1. Aww Angie, what a beautiful introduction. Thank you!! I couldn't ask for a sweeter gal as a hostess! Thank you so much for this opportunity to share one of my family's favorite meals!


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