It’s taken me a really long time to extol the virtues of the Crock Pot. I always have visions of it slowly sizzling a hole in the counter top and just…falling through, all while I’m out of the house. I realize that sounds a bit insane.
I think what happens when you slow cook is that you try it from time to time and one day you throw something in there not expecting much and then BAM: melt-in-your-mouth meat, a flavorful sauce, little to no clean up. It’s like, what’s not to love, really? The trick to unbelievable slow cooked meals is tomatoes, believe it or not. They really tenderize the meat and you won’t even notice them once everything cooks down.
Honestly, I’m a little embarrassed to even call this a recipe because you literally just dump a bunch of things in the pot and hit “on.” My dog could do it. Rachael Ray could do it. But’s that’s just the nature of using a Crock Pot, I suppose, and I’m fine with taking the glory for a meal no one has to know took less effort than opening a bottle of wine.
You should be too.
3 lbs. London broil, cut into 3 pieces (you can also use “Top Round” or “Flank Steak”)
1 (14 oz.) can low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10.5 oz.) can condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, low-sodium
24 oz. crushed tomatoes (I love San Marzano)
4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 onion, sliced in large slices
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1″ chunks
1 stalk celery, chopped into 1″ chunks
2 springs thyme
***None of the ingredients (besides the meat, tomatoes and chicken broth) are necessary! If you don’t have something just leave it out!
1. Place the meat on the bottom of the Crock Pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients (seriously…you don’t even have to stir.) Turn the slow cooker on LOW and cook for 7-8 hours…a couple hours longer is fine. Stir the gravy in the pot then ladle the finished product over mashed potatoes or creamy grits and serve with a side salad.
***If you’re short on time you can use the HIGH setting for 4-5 hours but your meat may be a bit tougher. Try to do it in the morning before you leave the house. Most modern Crock Pots will switch themselves to ‘warm’ mode once the inputted time is up so you don’t have to worry about the house burning down.
See, I told you it was embarrassingly easy.
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