Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Paleo Beef : Swiss Steak

Swiss steak is one of those recipes that's considered "comfort food" by many, and family recipes are often handed down from generation to generation. Now - with a few Paleo adjustments - you can make it in your slow cooker, freeze it, and have this wonderful comfort food meal whenever you want it.

This recipe comes from  As I said above, I've had to make a few changes because we don't use flour or vegetable oil, but the majority of the recipe is the same.

This is also a great backup recipe for when you haven't anything fresh in the house.  If you have some stewing beef in your freezer and the following items in your pantry,you have the makings of a meal whenever you need one. (Great for those days when you're snowed in, or just don't feel like grocery shopping.)

Remember, when you're making a slow cooker meal, both canned and dried vegetables will work really well, just make sure to drain the cans unless the recipe specifically tells you to add the whole thing. As for using dried ingredients, because slow cooker meals usually have a lot of liquid, you probably won't need to add any extra.

Ingredients :

-  2 lbs. of round steak or any other cheaper cut of stewing steak
-  3 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
-  3 stalks of celery, chopped
-  1 small onion, chopped
-  3 carrots, chopped
-  28 oz can of diced tomatoes
-  1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
-  1 tablespoon of coconut sugar or other sweetener (optional)
-  1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
-  sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
-  2 cups of sliced mushrooms (optional)

Directions :
  • Cut the meat into serving size pieces and brown in the olive oil or coconut oil, then put into your slow cooker.
  • In the same pan, saute the onion, celery and carrot until tender.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, sweetener and salt and pepper. Mix well and pour over the meat in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the meat is very tender.
  • If you are using mushrooms, brown them in a bit of oil, then add to the slow cooker for the last half an hour or so of cooking.
This sauce will not be thick because of the absence of the flour in the original recipe.  To thicken, I take most of the sauce out of the slow cooker and transfer it to my blender along with most of the vegetables.  Then I puree until I have a smooth sauce.  If it's still too watery, I transfer it to a saucepan and cook over low heat until it's reduced and thickened.

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