Recipe: Slow Cooker Korean Beef

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The dinner rotation needed work.  And I love my slow cooker even though I usually wait till the fall to pull it out.  But I was working from home and needed a quick recipe that I could prep during my lunch hour and have dinner ready for the family.  Huge thank you to Alyssa, The Recipe Critic for this awesome recipe on her blog – this slow cooker Korean beef is awesome!!

And the best part, it’s super easy!  Flank steak and a bunch of ingredients that were already in my pantry and frig….serve it with those 90 second jasmine rice bags and add some steamed veggies.  Dinner is DONE!

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My Best Friend in the Kitchen

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I have posted how much I love my slow cooker and sadly, we recently broke up. The reasons – “It” wasn’t warm to me, took way too long to get things done and after numerous attempts I had to trade up.

Let me introduce you to my new best friend in my kitchen. The Cuisinart 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker.  slowcookerIt is a Slow Cooker, and a steamer AND it can brown and saute.  Yes, it does all of these things which means less pots to cook in, less pots to clean and less time in the kitchen.  Plus I bought it on Amazon and with Prime I had it the next day!

What have we made?  Tonight we are having ribs, last week we had korean beef and the week before that we had pot roast.  Prep is easy and dinner is ready when I walk in the door!

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Recipe – Veal Osso Buco

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All through college and graduate school, I worked at restaurants.  I waited tables, cooked a bit, even bartended.  But my favorite thing to do was watch the chef cook and learn the recipes.  I have a lot of great recipes from the various spots I worked at and this dish is definitely one of my favorites, especially on a cold winter night.

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Ingredients:

  • Red wine
  • 2 medium to large veal shanks
  • mirepoix  (chopped celery, carrots & onions)
  • Fresh Herbs(rosemary, thyme, basil) wrapped in cheesecloth
  • Salt and Pepper
  • flour to dust
  • 5 large cloves of garlic
  • Large can stewed whole tomatoes
  • orzo

Directions:

  • Salt and Pepper the veal, dust with flour and brown in oil in a deep stock pot.
  • Remove the meat, Add mirepoix and garlic. Cook till onions are translucent and deglaze with red wine.
  • Add the meat back in, cover with canned tomatoes and top with herbs.
  • Cook for 2 1/2 hours on low heat or until meat falls off the bone.
  • If sauce is dry, add stock(beef, veal, chicken). If loose, add cornstarch dissolved in stock or water.
  • Serve over orzo.

 

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My Reliable Chef

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I recently started using both Facebook and Pinterest.  I had no idea that Pinterest had so many great recipes.  If you read my other posts, you know I love food and enjoy cooking. One of my must-haves:  a slow cooker.  I registered for one for my wedding many years back and it has not let me down.

My first Pinterest find:  Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken.

With less than 10 ingredients, you just slice the onion, measure the liquids, layer in the food, turn on the slow cooker and leave for work.  No spending my day deciding what to make when I get home, no last minute race to the food store before I pick up at school, no having to remember whether I took something out of the freezer.  The beauty of the slow cooker is I add a bunch of stuff to it in the morning and at the end of the day, you have a delicious meal.  Plus, with this recipe, you can serve it over rice, with veggies, or if in a rush, in a flour tortilla like we did!

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This will definitely be added to the rotation!  So I ask you….what is your favorite slow cooker recipe?  Add your favorites to the comments below!