Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Not as good as I expected
--Zippy Beef Tips
Zippy Beef Tips
Fix It and Forget-It Cookbook Copyright 2000
2 lbs. stewing meat, cubed
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
10 ¾-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 envelope dry onion soup mix I didn't use the entire package
1 cup 7-up, or other lemon-lime carbonated drink I used Sierra Mist Free
1. Place meat and mushrooms in slow cooker.
2. Combine mushroom soup, soup mix, and soda. Pour over meat.
3. Cover. Cook on Low 8 hours. I cooked on high for a few hours.
4. Serve over rice. I used whole wheat egg noodles
This recipe is similar (or the same) as what I often see referred to as No Peek Stew over the internet. I've seen many, many people rave about it. While it was certainly edible, I didn't go crazy over this but it was probably my fault. First of all, I didn't brown the meat. The recipe didn't call for it but without browning the meat, the color was a bit odd when it was done.
Then, I hesitated and couldn't add all that sodium-laden soup mix. I added all the dried onions and a bit of the beef base. I think that would have been okay except this recipe called for fresh mushrooms, which released a lot of liquid and diluted the sauce a bit too much. I think canned mushrooms would have actually worked better here. The fresh mushrooms also had an odd dark gray color after being cooked and they started out uber-fresh and white.
Lastly, I used diet soda and I have no idea if fake sweetener holds up to cooking the same as high fructose corn syrup or sugar. That may or may not have made a difference.
So I'm still intrigued enough to try this again someday. I'm kicking myself because I had reservations about the lack of browning and the fresh mushrooms before I made this. Live and learn.
Well it's the 4th of July so no Blast From the Past or Question of the Day today. It's a holiday, although it doesn't feel like one. It feels like a strange one-day weekend since we had our 4th of July celebration this past Saturday.