This was another hit from the Cooking Light Slow Cooker cookbook. I have made this dish twice now in a very short amount of time, and both Nick and I really enjoy it. The meat becomes very tender and the sauce is extremely flavorful. Nick’s favorite parts are the whole pearl onions and mushrooms – they both cook down and really taste wonderful. And I’m totally sold on using my crock pot – it’s so nice to spend a little time early in the day and have dinner done and waiting for you when you’re ready to sit down and eat!
(Source: Cooking Light Slow Cooker Cookbook)
1 (10-ounce) package fresh pearl onions
1 (2-pound) top round steak, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 1/2 cups sliced onion (1 large)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups less-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup Burgundy or other dry red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (8-ounce) package mushrooms
3 cups hot cooked medium egg noodles (about 4 cups uncooked pasta)
Thyme leaves (optional)
1. Drop pearl onions in boiling water; cook 1 minute. Drain onions; peel.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak; saute 5 minutes or until browned. Place steak in a 3-quart electric slow cooker. Add sliced onion and garlic to pan; coat with cooking spray, and saute over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sprinkle flour over onion-garlic mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add broth, wine, and tomato paste, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thick. Add pearl onions, dried thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and mushrooms.
3. Pour wine mixture over steak in cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 7 hours. Discard bay leaf. Serve over noodles. Garnish with thyme leaves, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings