We are finally starting to get some colder weather here in Southern California. So of course I am going crazy with the warming comfort foods for dinners! Even on the days when it hasn’t quite been fall weather, I have been making soups, stews, mac and cheeses, and this super yummy slow cooker balsamic beef. I love this recipe so much I can’t even tell you! It is so darn easy to put together, it cooks while you’re away at work and school, and it falls apart at a mere glance into the slow cooker when it is ready.
I’ve made this several times in recent weeks and I have grown quite fond of serving it with homemade macaroni and cheese. So when I heard that I would be making a trashed up burger to celebrate How Sweet It Is and her baby, I immediately knew that this balsamic beef would be perfect on a toasted bun with some mac and cheese! Then I added the sautéed peppers and onions and it was even better. Then! I turned those sesame seed buns into garlic bread and died instantly because it was so crazy delicious. You’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome for this stick-to-your-ribs, warming, comforting, easy, and delicious burger sandwich contraption that you’ll be 100% enjoying on a regular basis from now on.
- 1 large yellow onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 2-3 pound beef chuck, roast, or stew meat
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 5-8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 red bell peppers
- 8 buns, rolls, or other bread
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1 recipe Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef (recipe above)
- 1 recipe One-Pot Stove-Top Mac and Cheese
- Slice the onions into rings and the garlic into discs and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place the beef on top of the onions and garlic along with all the remaining ingredients.
- Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 4 hours, or cook on low for 6 hours.
- You'll know the meat is ready when it easily falls apart when pulled with two forks.
- For some bonus goodness, strain the cooking liquid into a small saucepan, whisk in some flour, and cook over medium to thicken into a nice gravy for dipping!
- Thinly slice the onion and peppers, and sauté them in a touch of oil over medium heat until soft, about 7 minutes.
- While those are sautéing, mix together the butter, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese until thoroughly combined.
- Spread the butter mixture on all the bun or roll halves, and place under the broiler until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Watch them so they don't burn!
- Set out the garlic bread buns, the sautéed peppers and onions, the Balsamic Beef and the Mac and Cheese, and let everyone go to town creating their new favorite sandwich!