I was visiting a dear friend one day and she had her crockpot going and what was inside smelled absolutely delicious, I had to have the recipe. I am not a big fan of crockpot food. I love the idea, but very rarely do I love the results. This recipe actually works and is definite keeper. The recipe I'm posting today is my friend's, but I did tweak it a little for our family's particular tastes.
Beef Carbonnade Over Noodles
2 lbs lean beef stew meat cut into bite sized pieces (I did not use lean stew meat, but some nicely marbled chuck)
2 T flour
¼ t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 T olive oil
14 oz. can beef broth
2 large onions, halved and sliced thins (I used only one red onion and that was plenty for my family)
1 clove garlic, crushed
12 oz dark beer
12 oz. egg noodles, cook and drain
Fresh parsley leaves, chopped (I forgot the parsley)
Toss well in bowl: beef, flour, salt/pepper. Heat 1 T oil in skillet on medium high. Brown ½ beef on medium high ½. Remove and repeat with other ½ beef. Remove beef and add 1 can broth to skillet. Boil 1 minute. In crockpot, stir sliced onions, garlic, and beer. Top with beef and broth. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. Serve over noodles and top with parlsey.
I love mushrooms but some of the kids don't, so I sautéed 16 oz of fresh sliced mushrooms in butter and some of the cooking liquid from the beef, and added those to individual plates.