Being a single gal means I don’t usually have much use for my Crockpot. It’s one of those medium sized ones, so I don’t like cooking a small meal in it just for one person. However, today while hunting for something in my freezer, I realized my meat shelf was full and had 4 freezer burned steaks on it – 4 really good quality freezer burned steaks!
I usually only cook steaks in the summer on the bbq, so these have been in that freezer for quite some time. I was afraid that they were destined for the garbage, but thanks to Google, I decided to give them a chance at second life (weird phrasing considering they are dead meat!) Anyway, I looked up a bunch of recipes but ended up just using a mix of them. This is what I did:
4 frozen freezer burned steaks – 2 with bones, 2 without
4 oz crushed tomatoes
8 oz sliced and whole white mushrooms (I misread the recipe and threw in half of them unsliced)
1 huge white onion (mixture of sliced and diced)
10 oz BBQ sauce – original flavor
a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
I’m pretty lazy, so I just took the steaks and dumped them into the Crockpot without defrosting them first. Then I added the onions and mushrooms. Lastly, I poured on the crushed tomatoes, BBQ sauce, balsamic vinegar and oil. I threw the cover on and set it on HIGH for 5.5 hours.
After about 4 hours, I started to smell the yumminess, so I had hope that this would work……and it did! The meat came out very juicy and tender and completely fell off the bones. If you try this at home, I think you don’t need to add quite as much liquid as I did. There was a lot of juices left in the crockpot.
My only issue with this project is: WHAT THE HECK IS ONE PERSON GOING TO DO WITH 4 STEAKS?! I guess I’ll be transporting a portion to my parents’ house and also perhaps freezing some for later.
Try this method on some Italian bread for a great steak sandwich. Add more veggies for a stew.
SAVE YOUR MEAT!!!!