This was a part of my weekend adventure in cooking. Soup! It was so good, we got 11 inches of snow where I live Saturday, so I cooked all day. It was fun to stay home and just cook and hang out, because we couldn’t go anywhere. The snow kinda happen perfect, we went out Friday night and stayed home the rest of the weekend. We had plenty of food and a warm house and 2 fun girls to take outside and play with!
They had a little soup too and thought it was quite tasty! Here’s the money-saving tip I’m going to give you about stew or soup meat. If you go to the store and see a cheap steak or a steak that’s been marked down because the need to sell it, buy it, and freeze it and when you want to make soup, pull it out and cut it into small chunks and you’ll save yourself a ton of money. Whenever I price stew meat, I nearly have a heart attack at the price. And that’s what the butcher does, is he takes a cheap piece of meat, cuts it into pieces and marks it up!. Please do not worry too much about how you cut it up, it’s going to cook for a long time, either in a slow cooker or on the stove, so it will be tender and you’ll save big time for about 5 minutes worth of work.
Steak actually cuts easier if it’s slightly frozen, so if you’re just taking it out of the freezer, slice it into chunks before it completely thaws.
I got a pound of little round steaks marked down a couple of months ago for around $3.00 and Saturday morning, I took them out of the freezer, let them thaw a little on the counter, and while they were still slightly frozen I cut them up into chunks.
I put a little olive oil, the steak, some celery and onion and browned everything in the bottom of a dutch oven.
Add some beef broth,
a bag of frozen veggies
a can of tomatoes, a can of water and a couple of potatoes cut into chunks. It’s important that when you start with the beef, you salt and pepper, and when you add the veggies, broth, tomatoes and potatoes you add salt and pepper again. Everything you’re adding, except the broth is bland, with no seasoning, so seasoning as you go along helps flavor everything.
I brought it up to a boil(wished I had used a bigger pot….hindsight!) turned it down to simmer, and let it hang out on the stove for a couple of hours. If you were using a slow cooker, you could brown you meat and then dump everything in the crock pot, or you could just dump everything without brown the meat, if you do this, omit the olive oil.
This is a great meal for a cold and snowy day. Just add biscuits, sandwiches or a salad for a great dinner.
Another great thing to do on a cold and snowy day
Potpourri, just combine cinnamon sticks, an orange and some cloves in a pot of small slow cooker with water and your house will smell amazing!
Vegetable Beef Soup
2 TBSP. olive oil
1 lb. of steak, cut into chunks
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cups beef broth
1 14.5 can of dice tomatoes
1 16 oz. bag of mixed vegetables
3 medium potatoes, diced
1 can of water(use the tomato can)
salt & pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil, add steak, celery and onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until brown, then add broth, tomatoes, vegetables, potatoes, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring it to a boil, and turn to low and let it just simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, as taste before serving to see if you need to add more salt or pepper. In a slow cooker, you can still brown your meat in a skillet and then dump everything in the slow cooker or just dump everything in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. And always taste to see if it needs seasoning.