Friday, February 27, 2009

Beef & Potatoes in a Creamy Mushroom Gravy

I never would have believed this was a lowfat recipe if I was told that, but I found this recipe in a cookbook called Low-fat and loving it, but I have modified this from it's original form. If you like onions, feel free to add more than I have listed, I like the flavor of the onion, but dislike large hunks of it, so I have triple the mushrooms and omitted much of the onion called for in the original recipe. I typically serve this with corn on the cob and a simple salad. A warning though: I have never had leftovers from this recipe.

Beef & Potatoes in a Creamy Mushroom Gravy

2-2.5 lb.s boneless beef round steak, cubed (salt & peppered)
1-1.5 lbs. fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
1-2 packets of onion soup mix
1/4 medium onion, finely chopped, or 3 T. dry minced onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup (10.75 oz.)
1/4 C. corn starch dissolved into 1 1.4 C. water
1 tsp. garlic (optional)
prepared mashed potatoes, any flavor except cheese

In crockpot, layer ingredients in the following order: beef, mushrooms, soup mix, onion til all ingredients have been used. Top with cream of mushroom soup and 2-3 C. water. Cook on low 6 hours. Remove 2 C. liquid from the crockpot and on stove heat liquid to boiling (about 1-2 minutes - it happens fast!). Pour in corn starch mixture and stir til mixture reaches desired consistency. Add in garlic, if desired. Pour gravy into crockpot to cover meat mixture or serve it on the side. Serve with mashed potatoes. Enjoy.

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