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Always a Hit at My Dinner Parties!

Always a Hit at My Dinner Parties!

Do you have a recipe that is just really special? You know one of those recipes that just brings back all sorts of memories every time you make it? I can’t wait to tell you about one of my family favorites.

My grandmother Mimi was a wonderful cook. l always loved hanging out in the kitchen with her. Not only did she like to cook but she truly loved to entertain. She was known for throwing amazing dinner parties. People still talk about them.

I never remember her stuck in the kitchen the whole time. When she entertained I remember her really having fun with her family and guests. Her secret was keeping it simple but delicious. After Mimi passed away I was going through her kitchen and I struck gold!

I found one of her recipes and I knew right away this was extra special! I remembered this dish! It was something she used to make during the holidays. On the recipe card she had written “This is always a hit at my dinner parties!” Along with her seeing her handwriting, the smudge of her coral lipstick brought tears to my eyes but I was excited too! I had to make it right way.

I ran out to get the groceries to make this for my family and it was a hit! I’ve been making and sharing this recipe ever since! It really is a winner! I even love her name for this recipe. She called it “Just Leave It Beef and Wine.” That’s exactly what you do. Just throw it all together and then leave it! While it was in the oven, I can picture Mimi setting the table, putting on her lipstick and getting ready for her guests while this was cooking away and making the house smell amazing. Mimi used to bake this covered in foil in the oven. These days I make this dish in my slow cooker.

I’m a big fan of my 6 Quart Nesco Slow Cooker. I love it because I can literally leave it and forget it. It has a digital panel so I can set it to cook on low for 8 hours and if I don’t get home from work on time no big deal. After 8 hours it will automatically go to the warm setting so when I walk in dinner is done perfectly and the house smells amazing.

Just Leave It Beef and Wine Ingredients and Nesco Slow Cooker

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Okay, let’s get cooking! Here’s how to make my Just Leave It Beef and Wine. Click Just Leave It Beef and Wine for my complete and printable recipe.

Cut Up Chuck Roast

First lets start with the beef. I like to go to my butcher and get 4 pounds of chuck roast trimmed of most of the fat and cut into 2 inch pieces. If you are feeling ambitious you can just buy two or 3 nice size chuck roasts and cut them up yourself.

Soups for Just Leave It Beef and Wine

In a big bowl, toss the beef together with 1 packet of dry onion soup mix, and 1 can each of Campbell’s cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, and cream of celery soup. I know it sounds a bit weird but trust me on this. Next you add 2 tablespoons or a few heavy dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and last but definitely not least comes the wine.

Small Bottles of Wine for Just Leave It Beef and Wine

You need a dry red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. It doesn’t have to be the real expensive stuff. In fact I use the mini bottles of wine with the screw caps. They work great for recipes like this. If you have a little extra you can just screw on the cap and put it in the fridge to save for another recipe. This recipe calls for 1 cup of wine but, I’m pretty sure Mimi didn’t measure. I don’t really either. Just dump a good amount of wine in there. A little more, even better. Don’t worry – the alcohol cooks out but that red wine really makes this dish and gives it so much flavor so don’t skimp on it.

Just Leave It Beef and Wine Mixed in the Nesco Slow Cooker

Okay, now there are two ways you can do this. You can bake it covered in a large casserole dish in a pre-heated 300 degree for 3 to 4 hours or until that beef is super tender, or even easier throw it all in the slow cooker, mix it together and cook it on low for 8 hours. Either way it turns out perfect every time. Your house never smelled so good!

Sometimes I’ll add a few cups of sautéed mushrooms the last 30 minutes of cooking. Up to you. My kids don’t do mushrooms but I love them, so you can sautée them and serve them on the side too. This is also delicious with a dollop of sour cream and some chopped fresh parsley on top. As I mentioned Mimi kept her dinners pretty simple. She’d serve this over buttered egg noodles. It’s great over mashed potatoes too.

Just Leave It Beef and Wine

Then, Mimi would toss together a big beautiful salad. I love it with my Poached Pear Walnut Salad, my Cherry Pecan Salad or my Pomegranate Orange Salad. Pick up some crusty French Bread and you are good to go. For dessert I serve this with my gorgeous but oh so easy Death By Chocolate Cake. Done deal. You’ve got one delicious easy breezy dinner! I promise you it will be a hit!

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