Slow cooker French onion beef recipe. Just as day follows night, so does the slow cooker’s appearance. Yes, beef, you were great on the Barbie over the summer, but how I love you in this form. In this slow cooker French onion beef recipe, chuck steak is slowly cooked in red wine, with sweet carrots, fresh thyme and, of course, the flavour bomb that is French onion soup mix.
I swear this tastes as though you’ve put so much more effort into it than you have. Make a double batch and store it in the freezer. I have it on good authority that it makes a perfect pie filling!
* 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
* 1.2kg beef chuck steak, excess fat trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces
* 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
* 2 carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
* 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 180ml (2/3 cup) red wine
* 40g pkt French onion simmer soup mix
* 7 fresh thyme sprigs, plus extra, to serve
* 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
* Mashed potatoes, to serve
* Steamed green beans, to serve
4 Method / Steps
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add 1/2 the beef and cook, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes or until golden. Use tongs to transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining beef.
Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan. Add the onion and carrot. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Pour the wine into the pan and simmer for 3 minutes or until reduced.
Pour the onion mixture into the slow cooker. Add the French onion soup mix, thyme and 500ml (2 cups) water. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours 40 minutes or until the beef is tender.
Combine the cornflour with 1 1/2 tbsp cold water. Add to the slow cooker. Stir until combined. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes or until the beef is very tender. Season. Serve, sprinkled with extra thyme, with mash and steamed green beans.
source – cooking365coza