Three day weekends are wonderful, but they are also exhausting. I'm falling asleep as I sit here writing this...I'm so tired! I look forward to sharing with you what I did this past weekend in future posts (it involves a fabulous vacation with my sister and her boyfriend all over northern California), but for now I'm going to just get to the basics.
The basics of beef, that is. :-)
After a long, tiring weekend like this one, the last thing I want to do is slave over a hot stove. If you can identify with me, then this is the recipe for you. It involves a slow cooker...a bit of beef...a smidgen of spices...and a lot of taste.
Let me introduce you to the cast of characters. The star of the show is a slab of beef (I used a 2 1/2 pound beef chuck tender roast). Any beef would do...or pork even. This is a very versatile recipe.
The Oscar for the supporting roles goes to salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, black pepper, white pepper, ground red pepper, and cayenne pepper.
Did someone say pepper?
Place your meat into a large slow cooker and pour a half cup of water over the top. I recommend placing the meat with the fatty layer on top. When it cooks, the fat will drizzle through the meat to flavor it. What can I say...we like flavor in our house.
Mix together 1 teaspoon each of the salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, paprika, and cumin.
Add to those spices 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper, ground red pepper, and white pepper.
Finally, finish off your spice mixture with 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Mix it up well!
Pour your spice mixture right over the top of your meat.
There's no need to rub it in (although you could if you wanted). Just let it all rest on top, put the lid on, and cook for 7-8 hours on low.
And this is my favorite part...the waiting. During those 7-8 hours, you can take a nap, read, watch TV, clean your house, work on a hobby, or just go to work knowing that you won't have to worry about dinner when you get home. I love slow cookers!
When you take the lid off, this is what you will find...
...it's tender, it's juicy, and it's got quite the kick!
To ensure that the spices make it into each bite, place your cooked meat and all of the juices in a dish and shred with two forks..
The result is a fabulous pile of deliciousness.
You can serve this any way you like. Here's how we enjoyed it...
We served it plain alongside a baked potato and salad.
We enjoyed it in between two thick slices of bread, drizzled with barbecue sauce with homemade fries on the side.
We loved adding it to a simple pasta medley - it added such a nice burst of flavor!
And we really enjoyed crunching down on a delicious fresh salad topped with our warm, peppery beef.
We hope you had a wonderful weekend. Now go relax with beef...it's what's for dinner!
Spicy Peppered Beef
2-3 pounds beef tenderloin, roast, or other favorite cut
1/2 cup water
1 t. each salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, paprika, and cumin
1/2 t. each garlic powder, black pepper, white pepper, and ground red pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
Place beef in slow cooker, fatty side on top. Pour water over the top. Mix together all of the spices, and pour evenly over the top of the beef. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Shred and mix with juices before serving.
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This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table