Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Slow-cooker sweet and sour beef

I am in love with “Slow Cooking All Year Round” by Gooseberry Patch. Everything I have tried has been a success… and so easy! am giving away a copy of this cookbook, and you can still enter until midnight on Wednesday 1/16, so go check it out!
Slow Cooking All Year RoundSlow-cooker sweet and sour beef…  Like going out for Chinese, but better!
finished cooking
Start with 2 pounds of stew beef cubes. Brown them in a little oil in a large skillet. (The goal here is not to cook them through, just to get the outsides seared so all the yummy juices stay inside. Cook them hot and fast!) If you need to, divide the beef into 2-3 batches. You don’t want things to steam, you’re looking for a nice brown sear on the outside.
brown beefToss the beef in your crockpot, then add one chopped green bell pepper…
green pepper… two cups of peeled, chunked carrots (about 4 medium carrots)…
carrots… one chopped onion…
onion… and one 20-ounce can of pineapple (drain it first and hang onto the juice).
pineappleThen, in the same skillet you used to brown the beef, combine the sour stuff (a 15-ounce can of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of vinegar), the sweet stuff (1/2 cup molasses and 1/4 cup sugar), and the spices (2 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoons paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt).
make sweet and sour sauceI didn’t have any molasses. So I used sweet sorghum syrup instead. It’s very similar to molasses, but it’s made from sweet sorghum instead of sugar cane. And Farmer Doc helped to make this batch of sorghum syrup!

Cook these over medium heat until everything is blended and the sauce is hot and bubbly.
sweet and sour saucePour the sauce over everything in the slow cooker and give it a good tossing to mix up all the veggies and get everything good and coated with the sauce.

Cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours (or on high for 4 hours if you’re in a hurry). If you want the sauce to be a little thicker, dissolve 1/4 cup of cornstarch in the reserved pineapple juice. Stir this into the slow cooker, and let cook for 15 minutes before serving.
finished cookingServe it as is, over rice, with some noodles, however you like it! Enjoy!
slow-cooker sweet and sour beefHere’s the printable recipe card:
sweet and sour beef recipe card


  1. This sounds fantastic! Can't wait to give it a try in my new slow cooker!


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