Despite this, I was craving beef tips and noodles this week. It's a craving I get once or twice a year, and usually hop to the local cafeteria to satisfy. I got to thinking, though - this can't be that hard. I mean, really - it's just beef chunks with some onions, mushrooms, and gravy over noodles. And I got to searching.
There are all manner of recipes on the web for this dish, and all with the same basic components. I decided to use my slow cooker because a) it's already hot here and I will be avoiding the use of the oven/stove as much as possible between now and October, and b) I'm lazy. Throwing together what I had on hand after reading several of the recipes, this is what I came up with:
Beef and Noodles
2 lb beef roast, cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 onion, diced (you could be fancy and use shallots also, but I'm cheap and like a lot of onion)
10 oz bag mushrooms
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can tomato paste
1 can cream of mushroom
1 packet of onion soup mix
2 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
1/2 cup red wine
1 can beef broth (or use the good homemade stuff if you've got it)
Water as needed
Salt and pepper to taste
I threw all this in the slow cooker and let it go on low for 8 hours. You could also cook it on high for around 4 hours. Served it over hot, buttered egg noodles.
The meat was nice and tender, all the flavors had melded together, and it was a notch better than the cafeteria stuff. This is not health food. It truly gets me no closer to my goal of not eating processed food. But, since it's a rare craving, I figure it's OK every once in a while. And I was so ready to eat it that I totally forgot to take a picture. Oh, well.