Monday, February 23, 2015

Crock Pot Complete Steak Dinner

Special note about all crock pot recipes—Cooking with a crock pot is a fun and easy way to prepare endless varieties of delicious meals.  It is also more healthy than many alternate cooking methods.    Contrary to common assumptions, the crock pot IS NOT just for soups, stews or roasts.   There are amazingly creative people out there who have come up with very clever ways to cook almost anything in one single crock pot, all at the same time.  Everything from “steak and baked potatoes with corn on the cob”, to lasagna, to sweet and sour pork, to excellent taco fillings.  Instead of cooking the meal right away, you can also pick a few dinner recipes, put all the RAW ingredients in a gallon freezer bag.  Then seal out the air and freeze them so you can toss them in the crock pot any day of the week.  

You will see in this recipe, the key to adding easy vegetable side dishes to a crock pot meal, is *layering with foil*.  Here, the crock pot marinades and cooks the meat until tender, steams the corn and bakes the potato for you, all in one pot.

Crock Pot Complete Steak Dinner

  • 2 Ribeye Steaks (or any cut you like)
  • 1 bottle of Steak Sauce of your Choice
  • Steak Seasoning of your Choice
  • 8 red potatoes
  • 4 ears of corn
  • butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

  1. Place two (large) Ribeye Steaks (or any cut of beef) into the bottom of your crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle to cover with steak seasoning of your choice. 
  3. Pour ½ cup of your favorite steak sauce over steaks. 
  4. Take a sheet of foil and lay it over the top of the steaks.
  5. Spritz the top of the foil with either cooking oil or Pam.
  6. Poke holes in the red potatoes with a fork, then wrap them in foil and layer them over the top of the foil that covers the steaks. 
  7. Add another layer of foil and cover the potatoes tightly to form a seal (this will allow the potatoes to steam).
  8. Take 4 ears of corn and add butter, salt and pepper and roll tightly in aluminum foil.
  9. Place the ears of corn on top of the foil of potatoes and then place the crock pot lid on tight.
  10. Cook for 6-7 hours on low, or 4 to 5 hours on medium.  Do not lift the lid during cooking, or you could lose valuable cooking heat. 
  11. Unplug crock pot.   Remove potatoes and corn and take them out of the foil, placing them on a serving plate.   You may need a spatula to remove the steak, as the meat can be tender enough to break with a fork or tongs.  Place steak on a serving plate. 
  12. Serve.   At this point, you may cut the potato open and add butter, salt, pepper, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, etc.  
*TIP:   If you prefer mashed potatoes, peel the potatoes before wrapping them in foil.  After cooking, mash them and add butter, milk, salt, pepper, etc.

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