Thursday, September 11, 2008

Slow Cooking Thursday - Beef Olives

When I was growing up, we always got to choose what Mum cooked for dinner on our birthday. I always choose Beef Olives, with the special deep fried mashed potatoes Mum made. She'd use a piping bag to make little spirals, then dunk them in the deep fryer - not healthy, but terribly tasty!

It's not my birthday today, but it is Slow Cooking Thursday over at Diary of a SAHM, and I thought since Steak and Onions cooked so well in the slow cooker, perhaps I should give beef olives a go. I made the rolls up last night, and put them in the fridge, so all I had to do this morning was brown them, and place in the slow cooker.

Last night

Beef Olives
Thin steak (I used round steak)
bacon pieces
sweet/sour cucumber
salt & pepper

Cut onion, bacon pieces and cucumber very very fine. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the beef, then put the onions, bacon and cucumber onto the beef slices. Roll them up and secure them with toothpicks. Lightly brown them in a frypan with a little oil or butter. Fry any left over stuffing bits you have too, it'll be nice in the gravy. Place in the slow cooker, along with the fried stuffing bits, and add a little water.

Ready for a loooong simmer

Cook until well cooked, about 6-8 hours on LOW. This might be different for you. Everything I cook in my slow cooker cooks from about 11am till 6pm on LOW, it seems to work for me. You can thicken the juices with a bit of gravy powder. You could try that in the slow cooker, by taking out the meat rolls, and turning up to HIGH, stirring constantly, or you could just tip the juices and bits into a saucepan. That's what I do, as I can never get any sauces to thicken in my slow cooker, but then, perhaps I just don't give it enough time.


Cooking and the City said...

Wow I often used to ask Mum to cook beef olives on my birthday even after I got married, small world, hey! they look delicious :-)

ps good luck with kids cooking thursday, great idea. my youngest is 21 so sadly I won't be able to join in. wanted to wish you luck tho :-)

Denise said...

Must give this recipe a shot in the Slow Cooker,looks yummy and best of all so darn easy too!
Cheers :)

Sam said...

I've been meaning to try beef olives for a while, your recipe sounds so simple now I have no excuse!

ali wilson said...

thinking of cooking this tomorrow - i'm a slow cooker virgin so need lead by the hand - when you say a little water - how much is that?