The other day, I had put the ingredients for this recipe into the slow cooker. As you’ll see below, it called for 2.5 pounds of beef stew meat. “Hopefully 2.5 pounds will feed our ever growing family”, I think to myself. As we get closer to supper time, I’m starting to worry as I look into the slow cooker to see just how much food is in it. Then, my husband gets home from work and has a co-worker with him. Before I know it, he is offering to let him stay for dinner. While I always desire to be hospitable, my house was a disaster and I was secretly worried that we wouldn’t have enough food for everyone. I didn’t know it at the time, but the bathroom looked like it had snowed in there! Some little princess had a runny nose and decorated the whole place with toilet paper! (talk about embarrassing!)
Anyway, back to the story….. My daughter and I were in the midst of preparing mashed potatoes, when I realized the mouths being fed had increased. We had been making them from scratch, on the stovetop, but I decided it was time to bust out the instant mashed potatoes so that we could increase the amount of food available to serve, just in case. It came time to serve the food. I decided large servings of mashed potatoes were in the works hopefully to disguise the lack of meat that they’d be getting on their plates. I served the guest of honor first and figured we’d all just take a little less. I began to serve all of the plates and realized we had more than enough food to go around! While there was no leftovers, the 9 of us had plenty of delicious beef tips. However, I was a bit worried they weren’t tasty. I didn’t hear a word about the taste of the food until my husband’s plate was clean. I was thinking, “oh great, he’s just being nice and finishing his plate”, but instead, do you know what he said?
“This recipe should be added to the Sidetracked Sarah Favorites section!”
Well, I don’t really have a favorites section (yet anyway), but it was great to hear how much he loved it. I think he would’ve eaten 3 plates of slow cooker beef tips and gravy had I let him!
Slow Cooker Beef Tips & GravyTweet this recipe!Click To Tweet
- 2 1/2 lbs Beef Tips or Stew Meat- Cut into Bite Sized Pieces
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Packet Brown Gravy Mix
- 1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
- Mashed Potatoes (made ahead of time)
- Combine water, gravy mix and Worcestershire sauce and mix well with whisk.
- Place stew meat into slow cooker.
- Pour gravy mixture over stew meat.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
- Serve over mashed potatoes.
Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions
- Combine gravy mix, water and Worcestershire sauce in a freezer safe bag. Squish it around until it is well mixed.
- Add stew meat to the bag.
- Label and lay flat to freeze, removing any excess air from the bag.
- On cooking day, follow cooking instructions.
- You could make your mashed potatoes ahead of time and freeze, use instant mashed potatoes OR just make them on cooking day. Here’s a link to a crock pot mashed potatoes recipe.
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