Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

A New Take on a Classic:

There's no doubt that beef stroganoff is a well-loved classic that can be prepared in a multitude of different ways.  This creamy tangy favorite used to be a weekend only option due to the amount of time it can potentially take to prepare.  With the prevalence of slow cookers in kitchens across America, you can now make delicious beef stroganoff any night of the week with your favorite ingredients an put your own twist on a classic beef stroganoff.

Ingredients:

You'll need 2 pounds of beef stew meat cut into one inch cube or smaller, 10 ounces of sliced fresh mushrooms, one can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of golden mushroom soup, 1 8 ounce container of sour cream, 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese, and 1 8 ounce package of cubed cream cheese, and about half a teaspoon of ground white pepper.  Some people prefer garlic and/or onion in their beef stroganoff.  If you want to add these, use anywhere between 1 and 3 cloves of minced garlic, and ½ to 1 & ½ cups of chopped onion to taste.  You can also elect to use garlic or onion powders instead of the fresh ingredients.  This will yield 8 servings, adjust the quantities as needed for the number of servings you need.

Preparation:

Combine everything except the dairy products into a slow cooker and cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or until the beef is very tender.  Once this is done, stir in the sour cream, cream cheese, and Swiss cheese.  Mix until the cheeses are melted and everything is well combined into a sauce.  Serve immediately over cooked egg noodles.

Beef Stroganoff

Alternative Preparations:

For the beef, if you prefer, you can use short, thin strips of beef instead of cubes.  A boneless top round steak is a good cut to use, or, you can look for pre-cut beef strips that are ready to be cooked.  You can create a more gourmet stroganoff by substituting 1 & ½ pounds veal cut into 1 inch pieces and instead of a can of golden mushroom soup, use a can of cream of potato soup.  You can also add to the mixture 1 teaspoon of crushed dried thyme leaves if you wish.  If you are preparing the stroganoff with veal, you might want to consider using a more gourmet cheese selection than using basic Swiss cheese, such as Jarlsberg or gruyere.  Feel free to mix cheeses based on your own tastes.

Mixing Mushrooms:

Please don't think that you have to stick with traditional white mushrooms when making stroganoff.  To enhance flavor, mix in a variety of mushrooms, such as portabellas, creminis, shitakes, or even oyster mushrooms.  These will add a wonderful array of texture and rich flavors and aromas to the sauce.

Conclusion:

If you don't already have one, slow cookers can be found on sale at national retailers for a very low price.  Why not pick on up and try this classic dish soon.

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Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

When we’re too busy to really cook up a great dinner, it might seem all too easy to just call for takeout. However, after a few days or weeks of this, you might notice a strain on your wallet and on your digestive system. It shouldn’t be so hard to just make a quick dinner, right? Right, but it might not taste all that great, and you’ll get sick of it eventually. Why not dust off your slow cooker and try this lentil and ham soup recipe? It’s easy to set up, easy to make, and it’s ready when you come home from work!

Ingredients

1 cup lentils
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 ½ cups ham, diced and cooked
½ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon black pepper
32 ounces chicken broth
1 cup water
8 teaspoons tomato sauce

ham soup

How to Make the Soup

There’s not much to it! In a 3 quart or larger slow cooker, combine all of your ingredients and stir them together. Set your cooker on low, put a lid on, and come back from work in 8-11 hours, ready to eat your latest creation!

Why a Slow Cooker Recipe?

Slow cookers may seem like they’re only for older people, and don’t have a lot of options, but they’re definitely making a comeback. Slow cookers can create soups, stews, even desserts while you’re not around. It does the cooking for you, and can help make your nights a lot less stressful. No more scrambling to find leftovers in the fridge just because you don’t feel like cooking, and no more stressing over what you can make in less than fifteen minutes. A slow cooker doesn’t have to be watched throughout the day, and you won’t have to worry about something being overcooked or burned. Most recipes will let you know how long it will take, and the food won’t burn as long as there is enough liquid in the cooker.

Slow cooker recipes are easy, mostly a list of ingredients to toss in and forget about. Once you come home after a stressful day, there’s nothing like the house smelling of a great soup, and the stress of finding dinner gone. You just have to come home, turn off the heat, and grab a bowl. With this slow cooker recipe, you’ll be set whether you have a large family or just yourself to feed, and any leftovers can be stored away for lunches. Trying out our famous lentil and ham soup will give you a flavorful stew that’s been well cooked while you were working, and will give you the nutrients you need. A soup with lentils and ham is just what you need after a long day at work, and with a flavorful ending, you’re sure to have a relaxing evening, and maybe even a great night’s sleep! It definitely couldn’t hurt, so go on and dust off your slow cooker before work!

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