I have been trying to be more organized recently, and for me that means planning dinners in advance. So last Monday night I compiled this recipe for Tuesday’s dinner; crock pot beef stroganoff, tried being a loose term more closely meaning sort-of-not-really-based-a-recipe-off-something-and-hope-it-comes-out-edible!
First off I gathered my ingredients. (And the playing fast and loose with the recipe begins!)
· 1.75 pounds of Cattle Empire stew meat
· 1 whole onion
· A splash of soy sauce (no Worcestershire to be found unfortunately!)
· 2 jalapenos
· 1 package of mushrooms
· Cream of mushroom soup substitute that can be found here. Thank you, Pinterest.
· 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
· ½ spoon full of garlic
Since I was assembling all of this together the night before eating I put my completely frozen stew meat into the crockpot with all the other ingredients. I chopped up the onion and mushrooms and halved the jalapenos and added the garlic because I feel like garlic makes everything better!
After all the ingredients are in there hanging out I am done for the night and into the fridge it goes! Side note – this was my first experience with the slow cooker liners and let me tell you THEY CHANGED MY LIFE! Crock pots are so hard to get clean and now it is not even something to worry about! If you don’t have any of these make sure you go get some IMMEDIATELY! We will wait.
In the morning, I set up the crock pot on my kitchen timer (found here) to cook on low from 7 am to 6 pm or 11 hours. That night when I came home the stew meat had been simmering away for quite a while and smelled amazing! I added the cream cheese (the whole block….I wish I could pretend I read the recipe wrong but you can never have too much cream cheese) and put the crock on high for about 45 minutes. During this time I stirred every 10 minutes or so to try and break up the cream cheese clumps. Meanwhile I cooked some rice and warmed up some frozen corn. The finished product looked like:
I know the picture is not terribly appetizing looking, and that could be because my photography skills are sub-par, HOWEVER, this dinner was GOOD! I even had requests for leftovers the next night! For its encore I served over baked potatoes which were also very good.
What have you been eating for dinner? Any recipe suggestions we should try?