Sunday, December 22, 2013

Savory Steak and Celery - Crock Pot

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I know right?  So easy, I mean unbelievably easy dinner.  Did I mention absolutely delicious?  I didn't?  Well, the word that comes to mind when digging into this, if you want to call it a word is; "mmmmm".  Yup, seriously!  No other words are necessary.  You have those delicious round steaks, chunks of celery all bathing in that savory broth.  I know!

This was my adoption of an old favorite from my ex-mother-in-law. She is an amazing cook, and the first time she made the pork & celery with the egg and lemon sauce, (a very old Greek from the regions of Sparta recipe), I thought I had gone to heaven. The flavors of the celery just enhanced the pork, and the broth, well there just wasn't enough bread for the dunking I say!  After obtaining the recipe and duplicating it many times, I decided to do something a little different.  Make it working mom friendly was my goal.  Voila!  It was an absolute success and my family loves it!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  10 minutes
Cook time: 8-9 hours (on low)
Yield: 6-8 servings

6 round steaks (or your favorite cheaper cut steak)
4-5 large celery stalks

1 can cream of celery soup
1 can, 14.5oz  beef gravy (I used Campbells)
1-1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp onion powder + 1 additional tsp
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp Canola oil

-Combine dried seasonings except for the dried thyme and the additional 1 tsp of onion powder in a small bowl and set aside.

-Clean celery very well and cut into chunks.  Place half of the celery onto the bottom of slow cooker. Reserve the other half.

-Using a large skillet add Canola/Vegetable oil and bring to a high heat.

-Take the reserved dried seasonings and lovingly pat them onto both sides of the steaks.  Show them "the love" I say...

-The skillet should be ready now.  Lay the steaks into the skillet and sear until nicely browned on one side, about 1 minute or so.  Flip the steaks over using tongues, and do the same on the other side.  Place the seared steaks along with the drippings over the celery in the crock pot. 

-Using a medium bowl, combine the cream soup, beef gravy, dried thyme and 1 tsp of onion powder.  Taste, taste one more time for seasonings, what?  Pour over the steaks.  Add the rest of the celery over the soup mixture.  Cover, and cook on low 8-9 hours.

Voila, dinner is ready!  I know!  All you have to do is make a side when you come home and let me know what time dinner will be! *grin*

Buttered rice is my favorite with this, but I'm sure mashed potatoes are on hubby's wish list!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Boy that sounds so easy and so good Didi! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! :-)

  2. Sounds wonderful, Didi... I like using "cheap" meats and making them taste awesome. This sounds easy enough, even I can do it.....ROSE

  3. Wow Didi, another homerun!!!! I can almost taste this!!!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you!!! Got your card, thanks!! Mine are laying here to be mailed....;)

  4. Didi mou xronia polla koritsi mou! Na iste oloi kala, igeia kai agapi se oli sou thn oikogeneia! Have fun and try to relax these Holly days! Kisses and hugs to all of you!

  5. Thank you for bringing this by to Jodies Kitchen,I have shared on my FB page and I am pinning it.

  6. Thank you for bringing this by Jodies Kitchen. I have shared it to my FB page and I am also pinning it.

  7. I am sharing recipe on my page. What a great crock pot meal that is so economical!