Friday, April 29, 2011

Hot Beef

Hot Beef
Slow Cooker

2 1/2 to 3 pounds chuck roast, browned
2 (0.87 ounce) packages brown gravy mix
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch, mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

In slow cooker, place roast.  In small bowl, combine gravy mix and water.  Mix well. Pour mixture over roast. Cover.  Cook on low 8 to 10 hours.  During the last hour of cooking, in a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoon corn starch with 1/4 cup cold water. Mix well. Add corn starch mixture to slow cooker.  Cover.  Cook remaining hour.  Makes 8 servings.  Serve beef between two slices of bread with gravy drizzled over top, if desired.

Hot Beef's are typically served with mashed potatoes.  I like to have mine with French Fries and the rich beefy gravy poured over top.

Our son Tyler, with our foreign exchange daughters.
Mine (from Bangkok), our son Tyler, Miki (from Hong Kong)

We have two foreign exchange students living with us.  To help them feel at home, I have been fixing a lot of  rice and Asian style dishes.  The other day the girls asked me to fix typical American recipes, so for the next few weeks that is what I will be doing.

I grew up in Iowa, home of the Hot Beef.  In Des Moines, we would go to a little cafe that made the best Hot Beef's in town.  The cafe was nothing special on the outside, but the food was so good, that there was always a line of people waiting to get in.

This recipe is a family favorite.  It is one of my mom's recipes and it is even better than that little cafe in Iowa.  Mine and Miki loved the Hot Beef's, they gave it two thumbs up!

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  1. Never heard if the french fries, but that does sound good.

  2. This sounds very yummy. Diane

  3. It looks great! Chuck roast is a favorite of mine and this has to be delicious. It's a must try for sure. I can see why the girls want you to cook "American!"

  4. Another great recipe.Sure having exchange students is lots of fun..

  5. Linda this sounds great I'm going to have to pull out the slow cooker.

  6. Now that is comfort food at it's finest...YUMM-O

  7. Hot beef sounds like a hot mess! (in a great way)

  8. That looks like perfect diner fare. Yum!

  9. Oh my! That looks yummy!!!! Great pics of your FE daughters and son!

  10. Sometimes all I want is a good "home~cooked/home~style" dinner. This looks perfect. And there's nothing better than white bread. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Swap!!!

  11. Sound like you have your hands full preparing meals for your little group.
    We love hot beef and your recipe sounds perfect for that touch of comfort food.