So in 80% of the country it is Fall. There are cooler temps, leaves changing colors and the smell of burning fireplaces in the air (oh how I love that smell). Where in live in SE Texas we are still in the 80’s (that feel like the 90’s some days) and haven’t put away our flips flops just yet…but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some cool weather yummies from the slow cooker.
One of the first requests each Fall…
The Hubby always has his requests when it comes to food, he even looks on Pinterest to get inspiration from time to time, but each Fall he always requests Beef Tips & Gravy.
He grew up eating this meal, and it is a favorite for sure. The first time I made it for him I was a little nervous, as I hoped it would be as good as he remembered. It has taken a few times, but finally I think we have found a version of this favorite that we both love.
What’s the Secret?
I’m not sure there is a real secret for the recipe, but I did find that adding a bit of ketchup made the gravy “just right” at least according to The Hubby. It seems to add just the right amount of sweetness and tang, while also giving it some body.
I also found that browning the meat, onions and garlic before adding to the slow cooker it really helps to give the dish that little something extra that makes it something special. It helps to bring out the seasoning and while adding a ton of flavor to the gravy as it cooks.
It’s really all about the GRAVY!
As I mentioned The Hubby grew up eating beef tips and gravy, while I grew up eating meatballs and gravy. As different as these 2 dishes may be they do have one thing in common…GRAVY! If there is gravy involved I am in (& so is The Hubby).
This gravy is rich & velvety smooth. There is a hint of spice and a hint of sweet in each bite with a little tang to round everything out. I could eat this gravy all on it’s own…not kidding. I could eat it like soup….FOR REALS!
Trust me you need to make this ASAP
Just one more question to answer…Noddles or Mashed Potatoes
So with my meatballs and gravy we typically had My MeeMaw’s Mashed Potatoes, but The Hubby always had noodles with his beef tips, so this time we went with noodles. You can use what ever variety of noodle you prefer but we went egg noodles…but next time I am making mashed potatoes.
Whether you are a noodle or a potato fan these beef tips are a MUST MAKE this fall!