Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Scrumptious Beef Short Ribs

These shorts ribs are SUPER tender, full of flavor, and they are so easy!  I love to cook short ribs in the crock pot, the results are always perfect. Feel free to play around with the seasonings in this recipe, I really love the flavors in this particular recipe but it's hard for me to always make the exact same recipe over and over, the kitchen is a great place to get creative!

Scrumptious Beef Short Ribs
1.5-2 lbs boneless beef short ribs
Salt & pepper
3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried rosemary OR 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 C. beef broth
1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1. Season your short ribs with salt and pepper on each side and place in crock pot.  Top with remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve!

p.s. As you can see, I served these over mashed potatoes and with gravy.  When your meat is done simply make a gravy with the sauce.  I poured the sauce into a small pan, added 1 C. water mixed with 1/3-1/2 C. flour, and whisked on med-high heat until it began to boil and thicken. Easy peasy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

German Rouladen (Stuffed Beef)

I am SO excited to share this recipe!  I have been making this for years and it is one of my husband's all-time favorite meals, it is DE-LI-CIOUS!  I found this recipe years ago in a German cookbook and it has always turned out amazingly, I took advantage of my husband's birthday to make this awesome dinner again, check out the pictures below for step-by-step info! ENJOY!!!

German Rouladen
4 sirloin tip steaks
Salt & pepper
8 strips of bacon
8 slices provolone cheese
8 slices of pickles
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
12oz. can evaporated milk
1 C. beef broth
6oz. can tomato paste

1. Lay out your steaks on a large cutting board or pan, season with salt and pepper and rub with mustard (about 1-2 tsp each).  Top your steaks with 2 slices of bacon (each), 2 slices provolone cheese, 2 slices of pickle.  Roll up your beef - roll tightly and tuck everything in as you go, secure with toothpicks. 
2. Place steaks in a large crockpot (read below for *stove instructions), drizzle with olive oil, top with diced onion.
3. In a small bowl whisk together the evaporated milk, broth, and tomato paste.  Pour over steaks.  Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until your meat is tender.  Serve and enjoy!

-Serves 4-8, depending on the size of your steaks.

I like to assemble everything first, it makes it so much easier to put everything together and limits the amount of times you'll have to wash your hands.

The only sirloin tip steaks available were HUGE! I usually find a package with 4 reasonably sized steaks but this was all I could find, I bought 4 of these babies and it could have easily served 8 people...hooray for leftovers!

Season both sides of your meat with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Rub with mustard...

Top with 2 strips of bacon...

Add 2 slices of provolone cheese...

Add 2 slices of pickles - you could also dice your pickles if you'd like.  We prefer bread & butter pickles but dill pickles are also quite tasty in this recipe.

Roll up your meat and secure with toothpicks (or twine).

It's just so pretty!  My mouth is watering all over again!

Place your meat in a large crock pot - I prefer the crock pot but you can easily cook this on the *stove*, simply heat a large pan on medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil, brown your meat on all sides, add the sauce, cover and simmer on lower heat for 1 hour, turning the meat occasionally.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Add diced onion...

Add sauce and let cook on low for 6-8 hours until your meat is nice and tender.

It was so tender it just fell apart, you couldn't even cut it! Perfection!!!  Serve with extra sauce and enjoy the amazingness!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Chicken Fried Steak

Alright everyone, I am so excited to share this recipe! I absolutely LOVE this meal, it is incredibly easy to put together and cooks up fast, you can easily having dinner on the table in 20 minutes, you can't beat that!  I grew up down south so chicken fried steak and gravy really are part of who I am, I have a great love for food in general but there is something special about some good 'old southern food.  Another great thing about this meal is that it's so easy to play around with, you can add a variety of spices and seasonings to your steaks so they are just as you like them.  My recipe is super simple and super quick, I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Chicken Fried Steak:
1lb. cube steaks - I always buy 1 package of 4
1 C. milk
2 eggs
1 C. flour
Hot sauce
1 stick butter, 1 C. shortening, or any other oil you prefer to use to pan-fry

1. Start heating your pan on medium-high heat with whichever fat you prefer to use, (the good 'ode southern way is to use shortening but just about anything will do), then prepare your steaks.
2. In a small mixing bowl combine the milk, eggs, a dash (or two) of hot sauce, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp paprika.  Whisk together well. Now, pour your flour onto a plate and toss with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp paprika.
3. Dredge your steaks in the flour, then dip them in the milk mixture, then coat in flour again (I do 1 steak at a time).  Carefully place steaks in your hot pan.  Let cook for about 3 minutes and then flip and cook for another 3 minutes - or until your steaks are a nice golden on each side.
4. Remove steaks to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside while making your gravy.

White Country Gravy:
1/4 C. flour
2 C. milk
Salt & pepper

1. If your pan has a ton of grease left in it you will need to drain most of it, you want some grease left in the pan to make the gravy - it adds a ton more flavor!
2. Add flour to the grease and whisk in until smooth.  Slowly pour in the milk, while whisking, and season with salt and pepper - typically southern gravy has a decent amount of black pepper in it but be sure to taste as you go.  Continue whisking until bubbling and thickening. Reduce heat to low to keep warm and serve!

*Serves 4*

As you can see, I always serve my chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, you can't make gravy and not have mashed potatoes!  This time I also opted to serve this meal with some wonderful fried okra and sweet corn...this is one dinner that I struggle to only eat 1 portion of!  It's just so darn good! Enjoy!