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A Year of Slow Cooking

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Most Simple Thai Beef CrockPot Recipe in the entire world

I've made some fantastic Thai recipes for the slow cooker, but  got an email last week asking for a recipe for "stupid people" who don't want to chop or be in the kitchen for longer than about 12 1/2 minutes.

Dana is having her in-laws over this weekend and wanted to surprise her father-in-law with his favorite food: Thai Beef. She and her son are both gluten free, and they keep a gluten free household, but so far her in-laws don't really "get" the gluten free thing.
I feel your frustration Dana. I really do.

Here you go: 
Totally Simple Thai Beef for stupid Everyday Regular People.

The Ingredients.
serves 4 to 6
2 pounds beef chuck roast
1 (8-ounce) bottle peanut satay sauce (Thai Kitchen is gluten free, or you can make your own with this recipe ---and if you're gluten free, you will of course use a GF soy sauce...)
1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk (full fat is best)
1 (16-ounce) package baby carrots (no chopping, Dana!)
cooked basmati rice for serving
1/4 cup chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Put the beef into the bottom of your cooker, and add the peanut sauce and the whole can of coconut milk.
Flip the meat over a few times to get it good and saucy. Add baby carrots (my dad says you have to rinse them off first). Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, or until meat is fork-tender and pretty much falls apart. Stir well to distribute sauce, and serve over hot rice.
Garnish with a sprinkle of peanuts, if you'd like.

The Verdict.

Super tasty. The kids LOVED the meat, and ate quite a few of the carrots. The carrots cooked, but didn't get super soggy since they were on top of the meat. The baby is 9-months now, and I needed to use a bit of force to cut the carrots into finger food chunks with the edge of a fork for her.
Dana, I think your father-in-law will be happy!

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JoAnn said...

This intrigues me very much. I have a jar of peanut satay sauce I bought from Trader Joes, but never knew what to do with. Now I do. And also, I've never used coconut milk before. My hubby and son will now know the true meaning of "guinnea pigs". I'm glad to hear your family enjoyed it though.

Nan Sheppard said...

Sounds great! And your writing is so funny, as usual. Thanks!

Holly said...

this recipe sounds great! do you know if there is anything to substitute the peanut satay sauce for? (we live out of the country and sometimes options can be limited). Can't wait to try it! thanks for posting this!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Holly,

yup! If you click on the highlighted words next to the ingredient in the recipe, you'll get a recipe to make your own at home using peanut butter and soy sauce (and some other stuff. :-) )


Jessica Nunemaker said...

I love Thai food -- and the thought of putting it together in a slow cooker makes me super happy!

I have a few cans of coconut milk around here. It's about time I used them!

Amie said...

You are SO gonna get hatemail for the 'stupid' people comment, but not from me! I love ya! :)

Rainyday said...

Wait - the baby is 9 months already? What? Who? When??

This recipe looks awesome... will add it to the list of ones to try!

theMom said...

Is the Peanut Satay peanut buttery or more peanuty. I have two here who like peanuts, but don't care for peanut butter flavored things. Don't ask me what the difference is, I hope you know.

It is really a bummer with so many good Indian and middle eastern and African recipes being peanut based. And I, myself, am a peanut and peanut butter flavored fanatic.Don't like it on sandwiches, however.

Thanks. It's been really nice haing you so active again. I'll be sad when Crocktober is over.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

LOL, themom! I'm scared to answer this question----too much pressure! :-)
There is definitely a peanutbuttery with soysauce salty taste.
it has ginger undertones, also.

Ellen said...

That looks yummy! I've made Thai coconut milk curries on the stove before with chicken and tofu but the ease of having it in the crockpot is great! I might have to add some bamboo shoots though. Still no chopping -- just open the can. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Stephanie, you are my hero! I logged in to ask if anyone had a GF peanut-free substitute for the satay sauce, and you had already explained how to make our own! You're so awesome! Now I can make a peanut-safe, soynut butter based sauce. Oh, happy me.

Alisa said...

That looks fantastic Stephanie! I might try it with a homemade peanut sauce.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Yummy, Steph. Mr. GFE is not a fan of satay dishes generally, but I bet I could get away with it in this dish. I would use the recipe for the homemade satay sauce, too. Cool!


Anonymous said...

Very yummy! Mister Picky Eater with whom I share my home with LOVED it. I would like a little bit more spice but I thought it was yummy too!

Meg said...

I made this tonight and it came out great, if a tiny bit bland. I used some sriracha sauce to give it a bit of a kick once I put it in a bowl and really loved it. Overall, this is the easiest and tastiest crockpot recipe I've done so far. Thank you!

Lisa @ all things * jane said...

I think you just saved dinner tonight! Forgot to plan ahead, and this will just fit into my lunch break minutes. You're the best!

Bethany said...

Delicious! I used the satay recipe from All Recipes that you linked and it wasn't too peanut-buttery - it was perfect! Thanks!!

jblaze1 said...

I just made this according to the recipe (although, I used low fat coconut milk). The flavors are there, but the chuck roast was way too fatty. I even trimmed it to remove what I thought was a lot of the fat.

I would recommend using a leaner cut of beef, adding some kind of spice (maybe crushed red peppers) and less coconut milk (too much broth for me). Also, I would cut up the meat into strips or maybe 3x3 cubes?

Anyway, I like the idea of Asian food via slow cookers.

Jessie said...

This was an amazing idea, but it only tasted good (not great). It turned out the way most crock pot dishes do for me, a little bland. How can I get it to keep the great flavor that it starts with?

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