Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef
And another new delicious dinner has been added to my rotation! Sometimes, particularly when James was small, my in-laws would come over and bring dinner (and play with the baby, of course). One day Michael's stepmom brought this incredibly flavorful, melt in your mouth, shredded roast thing that she served over egg noodles (alongside roasted carrots-which we just talked about a few weeks ago). I asked her how she made it and it involved a packet of onion soup-I really loved the dish and the idea of it so I set out to sort of make my own, from scratch, version. 
Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef
And I did-to MAJOR success. The only downside was attempting to name it. Google made it seem like this was similar to Amish shredded beef recipes so I sort of used that (I mean...I live near-ish to Ohio's Amish Country so...sure) but let me just sum it up for you. 

You create a flavorful gravy-like situation that a roast (along with some garlic and onions) slowly cooks in. Then it's falling apart tender and SO SO flavorful and you shred it up and mix everything together and serve on top of mashed potatoes or egg noodles or whatever suits your fancy. And it's SO DELICIOUS. Seriously...SO. FRIGGIN. GOOD.

Eat it.

Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef

Author: Kayle, "The Cooking Actress"

Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef
  • Approximately 2.5 lb. boneless beef roast (chuck roast, bottom roast, round roast-whatever you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil or canola oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 a large onion, sliced
  • 1 stick (or 8 tbsp. or 4 oz.) butter 
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 cups beef broth + 2 extra teaspoons (or cubes) beef bouillon 
  • 1 and 1/2 cups teriyaki sauce
  • Seasonings, to taste (I usually just use seasoned salt)
  • Put olive oil in a large dutch oven/pot or skillet and heat over high heat. 
  • Season roast and sear in hot oil for a few minutes on each side, until browned. Then put into a slow cooker. 
  • Put minced garlic and cut onion in with the roast. Add seasonings as desired.
  • Add butter to the pot or skillet you seared the roast in on medium heat and whisk as it melts and to remove any bits that may be stuck to the bottom. Once melted, whisk in flour until dissolved. Stir in beef broth + bouillon and teriyaki sauce, bring to a boil, and cook until thickened. Pour over roast, garlic, and onions in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours and then turn to high for an additional 1-2 hours.
  • Shred beef and stir everything together. Serve over noodles or potatoes!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Slow Cooker Amish-style Shredded Beef
Comfort food is the best food. It's just true!
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