Monday, January 12, 2009

Crockpot Swiss Steak - Cooking with Alicia and Annie Contest

Tonight's dinner was Crockpot Swiss Steak from Annie's Recipes.

I love trying different recipes in my crockpot. This recipe for Swiss steak is quite similiar to my "Chicken Cacciatore in a Crockpot" recipe that I've been making for years. (my Chicken Cacciatore recipe is at the end of this entry). The beef is a nice change up from the chicken. It smells like stuffed green peppers while it is cooking

This is another entry for into the January edition of the Cooking with Alicia and Annie Contest.
Click here to see the prizes that you could win this month if your recipe is selected and also to see all of the delicious recipes that have been made!

Here is the recipe with any changes that I've made highlighted in red:

Crock Pot Swiss Tenderloin Or Steak

2 tbsp. oil
2 1/2 to 3 lbs. meat
3 lg. carrots, diced
3 lg. stalks celery, diced
1 med. or lg. onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 tbsp. Cajun spice
1 tbsp. Creole seasoning
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
1 tbsp. oregano
1 qt. tomatoes, crushed


Put oil in heavy pan. Add meat and brown on all sides. (Do not cook past browning.)

Put meat in crock pot.

Add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, and all spices.

Put 1 cup of water in browning pan and cook loose all the "Brown". - If you use a nonstick pan, this step is not necessary and the water will make your sauce very thin. Pour over meat and vegetables.

Add crushed tomatoes. Add water to cover meat, if necessary.

Cover. Turn crock pot on High in the morning, it's ready for supper at night.

Great over mashed potatoes. I served it over Jasmine rice.

One more tip: Make sure that you have 6-7 hours to cook this on high to allow enough time for the vegetables to soften. The meat was tender at around 4 1/2 hours so to lessen the whole cooking time, I will partially steam the veggies before adding them to the crockpot the next time.

Everyone in my family who I thought would enjoy it, did - my husband, my son and I. My daughter, on the other hand, is 5 1/2 and has sworn off anything to do with tomatoes or anything that resembles spaghetti sauce. She knows, as a rule, that she has to try at least one bite of it so we managed to get through that and then she moved on to eating plain rice with some meat and veggies with as much of the sauce drained off as possible. I hope that she outgrows this stage soon!

Chicken Cacciatore in a Crockpot

Starting from the bottom up in a crockpot:

4 lg. boneless chicken breasts
2TBS of Italian seasoning
onion powdergarlic powder--both powers, use amts that you like. We like a lot of seasonings.
1 lg. green pepper, diced into small chunks
1 onion, diced into small chunks
1 sm. pack of button mushrooms, chunked into pieces

Pour over everything:
2 cans Rotel or similiar tomatoes
1 C. chicken broth

DO NOT STIR -- It will cook down together.Cook on High for 4 hrs.

Remove chicken to a plate and shred with 2 forks.

Add the chicken back into the crockpot mixture.

At this point, you could thicken the mixture if you like a more "gravy"-like sauce. I didn't thicken it.

Serve over rice.

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