Slow Cooked Sweet Onion Braised Beef - tender pieces of beef in a delicious sweet onion gravy.
The sweet onions, the tender pieces of beef and that gravy - oh my, how I love that gravy. So much so that I could just eat a bowl of the gravy with a spoon.
Best of all it is totally effortless. Just a few ingredients in the slow cooker and you are done. Come Dinner time all that's left to do is make the sides and then you can dig in an enjoy, while muttering all kinds of words of enjoyment.
Now let's just mention for a minute. Until a few years ago, I hated brussels sprouts, bleurgh, horrible overcooked bitterness in your mouth. The only way I was ever served them as a child was overcooked and boiled in water, it isn't a surprise I hated them.
I then happened to buy a salad bag a few years ago, which had kale, broccoli stalks and shredded Brussels sprouts and amazingly I loved them raw.
I just had to give them another go cooked. This time sauteeing it up in a pan with some garlic and black pepper. It is literally the best green ever and could easily eat a bowl of them on their own.
My whole family love this Slow Cooked Sweet Onion-Braised Beef and I often hope I can sneak some aside as leftovers for the next day or to put in the freezer, it never happens though, it's all gone, the more I make, the more that gets eaten.
As well as my crockpot, I have also made this dish in the Instant Pot. Oh, how I love my Instant Pot.
If you haven't heard of an Instant Pot you are seriously missing out. It is the best kitchen gadget I have purchased. I would even put it above my actifry and that's saying something. Since buying it I use it pretty much every day. Boiled eggs are a breeze and peel effortlessly.
It is basically a 7in1 cooker, and it slow cooks, pressure cooks, saute's, has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge and even makes yoghurt (I haven't tried that yet).
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How can I add veg to this Slow Cooked Sweet Onion-Braised Beef?
As mentioned I served with some Shredded Sauteed Garlic Brussels Sprouts, but this would pair really well with any greens of your choice - broccoli, green beans etc. You could even serve for this amazing Cauliflower Mash instead of regular mash or go for some mashed swede or carrot.
Kitchen items used for this Slow Cooked Sweet Onion Braised Beef:
- Measuring Scales
- Chopping Board
- Measuring Jug
- Santoku Knife
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
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- 600g (21oz) of braising steak, (all visible fat removed)
- 2 onions, quartered and sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar - or use maple syrup
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1.5 tbs of cornstarch (or arrowroot or tapioca starch)
- 3 tablespoons of tomato paste/puree
- 2 cups (480ml) of beef stock
- 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
- fresh chopped parsley to serve
- spray oil
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with spray oil.
- Add the onion and garlic and fry till softened.
- Add the sugar and continue to fry until caramelized.
- Add to the slow cooker.
- Spray the frying pan again with a little spray oil and brown the beef.
- Add this to the slow cooker with all other ingredients (except cornstarch)
- Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Mix cornstarch with a little water to make a paste and stir the slurry into the slow cooker for the last hour of cooking time.
- Sprinkle with some fresh chopped parsley and season as needed with salt and black pepper.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
- Set instant pot to saute mode, spray with cooking oil spray
- once it display hot add the beef and brown in batches, remove and set aside.
- Spray with a little more cooking oil spray and add the onion and garlic and fry to soften.
- Deglaze the pan with a little splash of the stock.
- Add brown sugar and continue to fry until onion is caramelized.
- Add in back in the beef and all other ingredients apart from the cornstarch and stir well.
- Add lid, close valve (if not self sealing)
- Set to stew/meat setting (35 mins - high pressure)
- Once cooking time is complete, let pressure release naturally.
- Remove lid and spoon out the beef.
- Mix the cornstarch with a little water to make a slurry and add this into the gravy.
- Set instant pot to saute mode and stir until gravy starts to bubble and thicken, then return beef, sprinkle with parsley, season as needed with salt and black pepper.
- Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 266Total Fat 7.4gSaturated Fat 2.9gCholesterol 97mgSodium 505mgCarbohydrates 16.3gFiber 1.8gSugar 7.3gProtein 35.3g
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