Slow Cooking an Eye of Round Steak & Potatoes


When a meal has a reputation to live up to, it’s futile to fight it. Such is the case with steak, whose natural companion is a potato. If you’ve got your eye on an eye of round steak, then you know the best way to tame this tough cut of meat is slow-cooking so that it becomes tender and juicy. Combined with your favorite potatoes -- and why settle for just one variety? -- round steak can jump to the head of the meat class.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Plate
  • Olive oil
  • Skillet
  • Potatoes
  • Beef broth and dry onion soup mix or cream of mushroom soup and milk
  • Nonfat cooking spray
  • Onions (optional)
  • Cut the round steak into rectangular pieces while it’s chilled and easier to cut. Dredge the pieces in some flour mixed with salt and pepper and set the meat on a plate.

  • Heat some olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Brown the round steak pieces on both sides -- and wash the plate with hot, sudsy water while you’re waiting. Put the meat slices on the clean plate.

  • Cut up some russet potatoes for your steak dinner. Or merge a tasty trio: russets, red (or new) potatoes and Yukon golds. Red and new potatoes are known for their somewhat sweet flavor; golds are fittingly buttery. Together, they will add a tasty dimension to your steak-and-potato dinner.

  • Select either a light gravy or a thicker sauce for your round steak and potato dinner. For the former, combine some beef broth and a packet of dry onion soup mix. For the latter, combine cream of mushroom soup and some milk or water. Thin this mixture at will, but remember that it will thin on its own as it slow-cooks.

  • Spray your slow cooker with nonfat cooking spray and set the cooker to “high.” Place the potatoes on the bottom, followed by the browned round steak pieces. Place chopped onions on top of the steak, if you wish. Then top it off with your light gravy or sauce mixture.

  • Reduce the temperature to “low” and cook the steak and potatoes for 6 or 7 hours. Alternatively, keep the setting on high and cook for three or 3-1/2 hours. Either way, check the steak and potatoes during the last 30 minutes. Stir the ingredients, taste them and make any modifications.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make you steak-and-potato dinner complete with some seasonal vegetables, which you can stir-fry in just a few minutes on your stove.

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