I'm starting a new job this week, and with that new job I will (finally) be on a normal 9-5 schedule (or, in my case, 8-4) for the first time in my life. The downside to this great opportunity is that my husband is still going to be on the evil second shift.
Enter slow cooker dinners. These are going to be a major cooking staple in our lives until our schedules balance out a little more. Now that I won't have any company during dinner prep I would rather it just be waiting for me when I get home. I've done a lot of slow cooker dinners before, but this one might be my new favorite. I bought beef sirloin roasts at a BOGO sale a few weeks ago and I pulled this out of the freezer yesterday and got down to slow cooker business.
Slow Cooked Roast Beer Sandwiches (makes 4-6 sandwiches)
3.5 lb. sirloin tip roast
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 envelopes onion soup mix (I used Lipton Recipe Secrets)
1 Tbs. liquid smoke
2 cubes beef bouillon
5 cloves garlic
2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4-6 kaiser Rolls
Turn the slow cooker on low, mix all ingredients besides the cheese, roast, and rolls. After everything is evenly mixed, add the roast. If the liquid doesn't cover the roast add more water. I cooked my roast straight out of the freezer on low for about 8 hours and the roast came out beautifully and medium rare. If you like your beef a little more well done then adjust accordingly.
I separated the buns and topped both sides with beef and cheese and stuck them open-face under the broiler for about a minute to toast the bun and get the cheese nice and bubbly. Serve the juice from the slow cooker in a bowl for a rich au-jus-like sauce. This meat comes out incredibly tender and packed with flavor.
Tell me your tried-and-true slow cooker recipes, I'm going to need some food-ammo for the months ahead!