Friday, January 24, 2014

A V8 Powered Steak!

I coulda hada....!

About V8 juice.
It is Tomato juice with other vegetables blended in. You get carrots, celery, watercress, parsley, spinach, lettuce, and beets. But mostly, (over 85%), it is tomato juice. We know tomatoes make a healthy juice with their high amounts of lycopenes. They are also a great source of vitamins A, C, K, and the mineral potassium. Think of this blend as a supercharged version of tomato juice.
It is Fat Free, we get in another portion of vegetables, and it tastes good so why not cook with it? Especially now that we can get a low salt version (A major drawback to the original mix).
A major secret is that it will make a fabulous gravy! It is not claiming health benefits for gravy, but it HAS to be better than the usual stuff. Have you ever tried to make a vegetable gravy? Much less eat it?
So wither you think of this as a healthy “V8 juice” or a powerful “V8 Engine”, you can still serve steak & potatoes and make it a bit better for your loved ones. As slave's car racing friends say about V8's: “There's no substitute for inches!”

1 ½ lbs Top Round steak 9 about 1 inch thick
1 Medium yellow onions coarsely chopped
32 oz. low sodium vegetable juice They don't pay me to sell their brand!
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon of basil
2 tbs oil
Slices of mushroom are optional.
1 recipe of Onion Soup mix

Salt Free Onion Soup Mix:
3 Tbs dried minced onion (or flakes)
4 tsp. instant beef bouillon powder – sodium-free (slave uses Herb Ox)
1 tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp celery seed
Combine ingredients and add to pot. You can double or triple this and put in a sealed container for use in adding flavor to any dish without salt.

slave's original recipe used regular V8 juice and a packet of Onion Soup Mix. Both of which were loaded with salt – who knew from salt?

Turn on the Crock Pot. Put in half of the chopped onions.
Heat oil over a medium high heat in a skillet.
Cut the round steak into 3 inch pieces. Dredge in some flour with a bit of salt and pepper, and saute only until the meat has turned a nice shade of brown, turning once. Approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
Arrange pieces on the onions, then add remaining onions on top and pour the juice over it all, and sprinkle with soup mix. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

This is great with home mashed potatoes.
To make gravy, dip out 2 cups of the juice and place in pan on stove top. Make a slurry out of 3 tbs of flour and ½ cup of skim milk. Heat the juice and stir in the flour mixture. Once boiling, continue to stir for about 1 ½ minutes or until the gravy is nice a thick. This is the same way you would make any gravy.
This makes a great presentation with a plain dark green vegetable.
If you have any of the steak left over (doubtful) store it in the crock pot juice sealed in a freezer bag! This heats up nicely!

This is a recipe that slave has cooked for its family for many years. It hopes you enjoy.

Serving its Master Indy

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please check out slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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