Beef Tips over Mashed Potatoes

Monday, May 15, 2023

Beef Tips over Mashed Potatoes

Servings: 4

Prep time: 20

Cook time: 2H

Fresh Ingredients:
1 lb. beef stew meat (or sirloin tips, your preference
1 small yellow onion, diced.
3 cloves garlic, minced.
2 tbsp butter
Pantry Ingredients:
2 tbsp flour, mixed with 2 tbsp TAP temperature water, whisked until smooth, set aside.
Additional onion powder, garlic powder
1 tsp each dried thyme, and rosemary (use fresh if you have it)
1/2 cup dry red wine, optional
2 cups beef broth (I use better than bouillon, 2 tsp to 2 cups water)
1-2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet or other gravy browning packets.
Beef Seasoning:
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp each garlic powder, salt, onion powder
1 tbsp flour



In a small bowl, combine the beef seasoning, mixing thoroughly.  Add the flour and mix with your hands to combine and coat.


In a Dutch oven or similar, add 2 tbsp olive oil after pan has been preheated for about 3 minutes over medium high heat. Add the seasoned beef and allow the meat to sear until toasty brown. If needed due to pan size, sear in batches, then remove the beef and set aside.


Add the butter to the pan and sauté the onions and garlic until softened - about 5 minutes. Add the thyme and rosemary and allow the spices to bloom for about 3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with red wine, then add the beef broth, beef tips, and seasonings and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low (cast iron retains heat easily).


I simmer for at least 2 hours - you can also place the Dutch oven directly into the oven at 300 and set a timer for 2 hours.


When ready to thicken your tips, have the Dutch oven over medium heat on your cooktop, and make sure it is slightly simmering - stirring constantly, stream in the flour/water mixture you prepared earlier. You may not need all of it - or you may need a smidge more. The ratio is 1/1 flour/water. Use the Kitchen Bouquet to achieve the color you desire.




Optional things to consider.


Add mushrooms when you are sautéing the vegetables. If you do not wish to use wine, just use more broth. I buy the little bottles of wine that are a bit over a cup.


For the rest of the dinner


I chose mashed potatoes and some roasted carrots. For the mashed potatoes, I added 2 tbsp of Boursin, traditional garlic flavor in addition to butter and milk (or half and half) and whipped with my Kitchenaid hand held mixer.


Carrots were sliced thin on diagonal, so they cooked quicker, seasoned with a splash of olive oil, roasted at 400 for about 25 minutes, then finished by tossing with a splash of maple syrup.  You could alternatively simmer on the stovetop, allowing the water to boil off towards the end before adding the maple syrup.


Overall - this is a great meal to have in the fall, winter, and spring when the weather is cool.   Beef Tips and Gravy is also a fairly traditional meal to make, satisfying the meat and potato cravings.    I have also scheduled this meal to repeat every 6 months - so it makes meal planning a little easier.

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