Espresso Braised Beef
3 whole carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 pound new potatoes, cut into chunks
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
2/3 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine carrots, and potatoes. Top with beef. In a medium bowl, whisk together beef broth, tomato paste, espresso coffee powder, brown sugar, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pour over all in cooker.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 4-1/2 hours. Serve beef mixture over mashed potatoes or noddles. If desired, season with additional salt and coarsely ground black pepper.
Serves 4 – 6
NOTES- I was not that happy with this dish. I thought the thyme over powered all other seasoning, and I’m not that huge a thyme fan. I would maybe make it again only leaving out the thyme all together. I also would have thickened up the sauce, it was really soupy. That’s my 2 cents!
Original recipe found here.