Butchery: Chuck steak is derived from the neck support muscles, and as such contains a great deal of connective tissue.
Cooking Method: Popular for its balance of meat and fat, chuck steak is best suited to low, slow cooking methods. The connective tissue gently melts, infusing a rich flavour and creating a tender fall-apart texture.
Tip: Don't rush the initial stage of browning the meat. This process will ensure your meat is rich in flavour and colour. Tossing your meat in a little flour before cooking adds colour to your dish.
When using your slow cooker, make sure to keep the lid on. Slow cookers are dependent on building up a constant heat and by removing the lid your cooking time will be interrupted.
Ramp up the flavour with this delicious braised chuck recipe below.
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 4-8 hours
600g chuck steak, diced
1 onion sliced
2 bay leaves
3 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup beef stock
400g tin diced tomatoes
400g tin black beans, drained
Soft tortillas, tomato salsa, coriander
leaves and sour cream (optional), to serve
Place meat into a slow cooker and add the onion, bay leaves, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, garlic, stock and tomatoes.
Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours and 4 hours on high heat, or until the meat is tender.
Add the black beans and cook, covered, for a further 15 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with soft tortillas, tomato salsa, coriander leaves and sour cream (optional).
For beef and bean nachos, spread a layer of corn chips in a shallow baking dish. Top with the leftover stew, shredding the meat if
necessary. Top with some more corn chips and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake until hot and bubbly and serve with guacamole, sour
cream and pickled jalapeno chillies.
For a less spicy version, try 1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes or simply leave the chilli out.
Tinned black beans are often found in the Mexican food section of your supermarket, rather than with the other tinned beans.
Create easy and delicious slow cooked dishes at home with Australian Beef Slow cooker season will soon be here! Low -n' slow cooking is an easy way to create deliciously tender beef meals - the perfect comfort food as the weather cools. Whether cooking for a dinner party or meal prepping for the week ahead, this is one trend that will save you time whilst adding heavenly meals to your weekly repertoire.
Using a slow cooker is great for anyone who is time poor as the dishes can be cooked overnight or during the working day, and generally require little preparation time. Slow cooking also ensures your meat is tender and juicy every time.
Low -n' slow cooking is as limitless as your imagination, with recipes such as Osso Buco ragu, spicy braised chuck or beef korma curry simple to cook up.
This style of cooking also makes it easy to keep your meals healthy and balanced, with fresh vegetables easily added to the pot alongside the beef cut of choice. All you need to do is set, forget and serve! Voila!