It cooked for 6 or so hours on high and the meat came out nice and tender. The meat could have been more flavorful, but I blame myself for going too simple so I can’t complain too much.
I noticed that there was still alot of liquid, so I ladled that out and put it in a pan on the stove top. I mixed in a little flour & better than bouillon (this stuff is great, we always have beef, chicken and vegetable base in our fridge) and cooked it down. I like a nice, thick, rich sauce.
I should have cooked it down more since when I added the sour cream at the end it ended up being too thin again. It had a great flavor from being cooked down and concentrated but it was a little too thin to stick nicely to the noodles.
I would call this recipe a success with some future minor tweaks needed. It’s a relatively simple crockpot meal with a cheaper cut of meat when you can find it on sale.
Normally I make Beef Stroganoff the old fashioned way. Last week bottom round roasts were on sale. My husband made one into a delicious pot roast and we still had another one to use or freeze.
I wasn’t in the mood for another pot roast or a beef stew and I wanted to try something new. While cooking Stroganoff isn’t new to us. Cooking it in the crockpot is, and cutting up a bottom round roast for it is new too.
I modified them to our taste, omitting the mustard, Horseradish, parsley, paprika and garlic. I wanted a simple Stroganoff. I did add some red wine to the beef broth.
We cubed up the bottom round roast, browned it before putting it in the crockpot with an onion, mushrooms and a can of beef broth and some red wine.
We set the crockpot for 5 hours on high and it smells delicious while it has been cooking. When the meat is tender, I will add in the sour cream with a little flour to thicken the sauce. I plan to serve this over egg noodles so I will start those cooking on the stove once I add the sour cream mixture to the crockpot.
Maybe for some folks it’s not too soon to start thinking of the coming gardening season, but living in the Northeast like I do all I can do is daydream. (and go through my seed starting supplies to see what I need)
I’m thinking of starting some Violas (Johnny Jump Ups) from seeds this year. I normally don’t do this as I like the instant gratification of planting already blooming plants. Especially since I plant these in a big planter by my front door.
However, over the last few years I have been sorely disappointed in the selection of plants to choose from. It doesn’t seem to matter if I go to a superstore or to the pricey garden centers near me. The selection is BORING. And that’s if they have Violas at all and not just Pansies. I love Pansies but prefer Violas for the planter near my front door. They are much more delicate and the smell is amazing.
Looking around at Viola seeds, I see several new ones for 2012 that are making my mouth water.
“Violas dazzle in delicious colors – good enough to eat. “
I’m sure there are more out there and I plan to peruse the seed racks at my local stores as soon as they start putting them up. Another fun thing to do is if you find a seed/plant that appeals to you, look it up on Flickr to get an idea of how the colors really look and if you still like it as much.
I recently downloaded Vera by Annita Wilschut off of Ravelry. I looked for several days for a simple (not just easy to knit but a simple design as well) stuffed animal to knit for a certain small person.
I haven’t started Vera yet but I love the non fussy look of this bear. It seems fairly straightforward to knit as well. I am going to knit it out of Spa from the Naturally Caron line.
Spa - Misty Taupe
The color is Misty Taupe. It is a Bamboo blended with acrylic. Acrylic isn’t usually my first, second or even third choice but since this is for a child I wanted something that was going to hold up to washing and I’m not sure if there are any Wool allergies so I am playing it safe.
When I saw this on TV it took me a minute to figure out what the hell they were barking…and then I laughed and laughed.
Hello…it’s dogs barking Star Wars and they have a Vizsla that looks and sounds like Brown.