Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Slow Cooking Thurday

It's slow cooking Thursday and before I share my recipe, I have to tell you about the new slow cooker I got. If you remember a few weeks ago Sandra was able to give away a new slow cooker from Rival and my name was chosen. It came last week. I was quite excited to see this big box waiting for me when I came home from work.

When I opened the box I found this beautiful slow cooker inside.

It has some really nice features. It has a timer, that allows you to cook on high for a while and then change to low. You can set it for a certain amount of time and when that time is up, it will automatically change over to warm. The crock and lid are oven proof so you can cook with it in the oven.
Another nice feature, is the ability to use the crock to brown your meat on the stove top. I must admit that it kind of scared me to do it, but it worked really well. It was nice to not dirty another pan just to brown the meat.
Thanks to Rival for this great slow cooker and to Sandra for faithfully hosting Slow Cooking Thursday and handling this give away! I love it!

The recipe I have for you is the one I used this slow cooker for. I have shared this one before, but it is one of our families favorites and because you have to brown the meat first, it was perfect for testing the slow cooker.

Slow Cooked Pepper Steak

1 1/2 -2 lbs round steak
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T. oil
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 c. soy sauce
16 oz. diced tomatoes
1 T. minced onions
2 lg green peppers (cut into strips)
1 clove garlic
1/2 c. cold water
1 tsp sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt

Cut beef into 3 x 1 inch strips. Brown in oil in skillet. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine soy sauce, onion, garlic, sugar, salt, pepper and ginger. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5 - 6 hours, until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green pepper. Cook another hour on low. Mix water and corn starch. Remove liquid from crock pot and thicken on stove with water/cornstarch mix. Pour thickened sauce back over meat and vegetables. Serve over rice.

For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

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Perri said...

I made this last week and it was awesome! I love your new cooker. It looks so handy.

Shelly said...

Very snazzy looking slow cooker. Hey, did you stage that picture or what? Good Job! Looks like a great recipe.

Bonnie said...

This looks delicious and your new slow cooker looks FABULOUS !!!

Justabeachkat said...


Our daughter is here visiting so my blog visiting time is limited, but I wanted to stop by and say "Hi".


A Stone Gatherer said...

Oh Mari it's so purtty!!!! I must say that I feel a little bit of covetousness coming on! No, No I will be happy for you!!!!! Have fun with it!

Lynn said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing all of the extra special features of your new crock pot. It really does have a lot of upgrades. This recipe looks yummy!

Cherdecor said...

It is amazing how they have upgraded those slow cookers! The next thing you know, they will come out with one that automatically freezes the left overs! Ha! Congratulations on getting this one for FREE!

Pat said...

That's one fancy-schmancy crock pot, it looks great! It does everything but wash itself...: I never thought of doing pepper steak in a crock pot, but that's a great idea. Will do!

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Al would LOVE this recipe!

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Oh Mari, that crockpot is so beautiful that I am tearing up over here!

Love, Joanne

Beth Cotell said...

That slow cooker looks awesome! I love the fact that you can brown meat without getting another pan dirty! Awesome!

This recipe looks very tasty as well!

Anonymous said...

LOoks like a great recipe and I am drooling over your new crockpot!

Thanks for sharing!


threesidesofcrazy said...

Congratulations on winning the slow cooker. Recipe looks yummy too!

Renee said...

Congrats on your new crock-pot! Great recipe too! Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Sandra said...

Mari, first I'm SO glad you got the crockpot in. It's exactly like mine and I too LOVE everything about it :)

Second, thank you for the recipe, I am going to try this one next week :)


Anonymous said...

What cool features! I'm with you on the saving a pan to dirty.

I might have to go get me one! Is that the large size? Either way, I suppose it wouldn't hurt for me to have 3. sometimes I have to use them both any way for my family size!

Oh, and Yum!

Cheri said...

That does sound good I can almost smell it.
I'm so glad you're loving your crock pot.

Melissa said...

as always a great recipe! Always looks good!!!!

The Apron Queen said...

I'm jealous. I want a crockpot like that!

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sharon brobst said...

Mari~ I'm envious of your new slow cooker!! Wonder if I could pray for mine to break? :-)

Unknown said...

Wow I didn't know it was so fancy, what a prize!!!

Anonymous said...

Mari, I am thrilled for you in winning such an awesome gift!

I always check your slow-cook Thursday. I don't use mine much and we are not beef or pork eaters over here. (I know, weird food groups at our house)

I love new recipes and try to use them whenever I can.

Mom24 said...

I'm jealous...what a wonderful slow cooker. Your recipe sounds great too, I love doing Pepper Steak in the crockpot. I put rice in my rice cooker, and I'm all set.

Ally said...

So that´s two exciting pacakges you got this week!!!! The crock pot looks great. This receipe sounds really good too... I will have to try it sometimes! Did you have any of the chocolate yet???? Karen sent me the kiwi one and it was to die for...absolutely heavenly!!! Don´t forget to share it with your sisters. better yet, have a nice tea time together with the chocoloate and take photos and we can all enjoy the moment with you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks great. What a blessing! I really would like the browning...that is my least favorite part, the separate pan and then moving the hot meat! I may need one too.

Rebekah said...

I have a crock pot very similar to that. The only difference is the actual cooker part. Your temp/timer is a lot nicer than mine. I lover being able to use it on the stove. Very Ver-si-tahl

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks delicious! My handle broke on my Crock Pot lid and I was wondering if I should just get the same one. No way, I want to be able to brown with mine too. Wow!

Michelle said...

Oh Mari.. what a lovely slow cooker :) lucky duck.this recipe looks very tasty..thanks,it's dinner tonight.have a great day see you thursday.