Tasty Slow Cooked Beef PLUS Dessert

What may seem like a simple meal in the slow cooker can mean a tasty, special meal for two. Ingredients such as garlic, shallots, carrots and jarred piquillo peppers offers a variety of flavors in this easy slow cooked dish. Served over rice, is my serving suggestion.

Piquillo peppers have never been a staple in my pantry. But after this dish, it very well may be.

I will definitely make this dish again. Very tasty combination of flavors. The recipe and photos are below.

An easy dessert recipe is also below. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Stew for Two


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours

Total time: 6 hours and 15 minutes


1 lb. stew beef chunks

2 teaspoons fresh ground black peppercorn

3 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed and minced

1 shallot, peeled and diced

2 Tablespoons diced jarred piquillo peppers

1 teaspoon olive oil

16 ounces baby carrots


6 ounce can tomato paste

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 teaspoons ground dried basil

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt


Spray slow cooker bottom and sides with nonstick cooking spray.

Place first 6 ingredients in slow cooker; placing meat in center and sprinkle and drizzle other items over meat. Arrange carrots around meat.slowbeefcarrot1

Create sauce. In a small bowl mix sauce ingredients until combined.slowbeefcarrot3

Add sauce over meat and other ingredients in center of slow cooker. slowbeefcarrot2

Cover and cook on low 5 to 6 hours, or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Serve warm.


Pineapple Cream Cheese Tartletscctartlets1

(Inspired and changed recipe located at: http://phyllo.com/recipes/cream-cheese-tartlets/ )

Yields: 15 tartlets (Double, Triple, even Quadruple) (More for More Smiles!)


4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar or Confectioner’s sugar

1 Tablespoon lime juice

2 teaspoons lime zest (optional)

1/4 cup canned pineapple chunks, plus 1 Tablespoon juice from can, divided

1 package of Athens Mini Fillo Shellsathens1


Preheat oven at 375º F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat together first 4 ingredients plus 1 Tablespoon of juice from can pineapple until smooth, creamy and well blended.

Arrange shells on baking sheet and place approximately 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture in each shell.cctartlets2

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool.cctartlets4

Garnish with chunks of pineapple. Serve.cctartlets5

About Angela Milani

My love of cooking has taken over. I was on the net one day and saw an ad for a recipe contest. I entered. Then, I entered another. Then another, and so on and when I won a contest... an entire year's worth of tomato products, I was hooked. Since then, I've entered many many different recipe contests. I have won a trip to New York, entries into cook-offs, a recipe published in a Kraft/Paula Deen cookbook and many food products and food related items. I enjoy cooking and entering recipe contests. I hope I spark an interest in others to create something they can be proud of. I'm always getting more ideas from the internet. Wow, I remember not having the internet years ago. It's a God send and I'm trying to cover every inch of the food sites!! Join me in my quest to keep fresh ideas flowing and creating new and exciting dishes.
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