Baby, it’s cold outside, and we need some slow cooked goodness!
I bought a couple of beef top sirloin roasts a while ago and took one out of the freezer the other night. It’s a small guy (.707kg) – but perfect for this family because we’re trying to eat far less red meat these days. Sad but true.
I usually use a lot of chopped onions to flavour the roast and the gravy – but no onions this time since I’m sharing it with Fido. Simple is best when it comes to cooking for The Boys, so this dish is neither sweet nor salty, but it’s got warmth and depth.
This roast beef supper is accompanied by a side of sweet potato mashed – you will notice over time that I use sweet potatoes in as many recipes as possible!! The dogs are crazy about them and they are a super healthy veg! This recipe is also great with a package (20-25 or so) mini-potatoes.
Top Sirloin Roast (or whatever beef you prefer to slow cook)
2 large sweet potatoes
2 cups low sodium beef broth
4 cloves of garlic
2 TBS corn starch
TSP sea salt
Pinch of fresh thyme
Turn your slow cooker to the high setting.
Peel your sweet potatoes (I use a knife, it’s easier) and chop them into large chunks.
Chop your garlic cloves
Pour 2 cups of beef broth into the slow cooker. Sprinkle the sea salt and pinch of thyme in. Brown your roast quickly in a frying pan. Get a nice brown crust on each side. Place the beef into the slow cooker.
Add the garlic and sweet potatoes. You can add the cornstarch in right away, or wait until about an hour before it’s done. It tastes great either way.
I cooked it on high for 4-5 hours. All slow cookers are different, so you know yours best!
This time, I took out my sweet potatoes an hour before, and then added my cornstarch.
Simply mash the sweet potatoes – brilliance – you don’t need to add anything to them, they already have the delish juices from the roast, the beef stock, some sea salt and thyme infused. So darned simple!!
Serve with sliced beef and a salad for the peeps.
Save the leftover delish gravy (if there is any!) to add to your other home cooked dog meals or whatever you feed your dog…or make yourself some french fries the next day. MMM. French Fries.
$$$ Factor: 2 sweet potatoes are around $2 bucks. I bought this sirloin for $4.59. Appx. half container of beef stock – 80 cents. Spices/salt/garlic negligible. Maybe 10 cents altogether if you insist!
Total cost for dinner – $7.49. Divide by this family of 2 adults and 2 large dogs, that’s $1.87 per. I’m calling this a CHEAP EAT!! Andy and I have to have some raw greens in the form of a salad, so add a few bucks. But still – that’s cheap for a succulent slow cooked roast beef served on a bed of sweet potato drowning in dog-friendly gravy.