- wooden cooking spoon
FOR THE MEAT
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1.5 pounds beef tips (an inexpensive cut like beef stewng meat or chuck roast is perfect)
- salt & pepper
FOR THE GRAVY
- 1 yellow onion (choopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (sliced)
- 1 pound mushrooms (sliced)
- ½ teaspoon ground paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ⅓ cup red wine (OR beef stock)
- 3 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons salt or less (depending on what kind of stock you’re using)
- Black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon tablespoon cornstarch + cool water (or up to 4 tablespoons plus cool water, as needed)
- 1: Brown beef: Add oil to large skillet over medium-high heat, then add beef (work in 2 batches if necessary; do not overcrow the pan). Season beef with salt and pepper and sprinlkle with flour; then cook until browned on all sides. Remove to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
- 2. Cook mushrooms: Add onion, garlic and mushrooms to the hot skillet over medium heat. Cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Season with gorund paprika, parsley and thyme; then add wine (or extra broth), beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then take off the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- 3. Slow Cook: Carefully transfer mushroom and beef broth mix to meat in the slow cooker. Stir well, then cover with a lid and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
- 4. Thicken: Once cooking time is up, open the slow cooker and stir. Stir in a cornstarch slurry, then cook with the lid OPEN for 5-10 minutes or untul thickened. Serve immediately.