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How to Pan Sear Chuck Roast On Stove Top In 6 Simple Steps

Chuck roast is that ideal comfort food you need once in a while.

Wholesome, inexpensive, and thoroughly delicious, it can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Although the meat may seem tough (it comes from the shoulder of the cow), if cooked the right way, it can be quite tender and juicy.

Searing the meat can give it a healthy steak color and add plenty of flavors that you wouldn’t be able to get with cooking it in the oven alone.

To get that meat cooked well, you need to make sure that you cook it slow and allow plenty of time for it to soften.

Cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker is an ideal preparation method then.

There are plenty of ways to cook chuck roast and one way is to pan sear the chuck roast.

Here’s all you need to know to whip up a cracking pan seared chuck roast.

Before we begin…I wanted to share these 3 secrets behind every perfect steak.

All right – ready now.

 

Frying Chuck Roast In Skillet

US-born Grass-fed Chuck Steak! (click for details)

Ingredients:

  1. 3-4 pound big piece of chuck roast meat (as always, I recommend this 3 lbs grass-fed chuck roast)
  2. 2 tablespoons cooking oil (e.g. coconut)
  3. Kosher salt and pepper according to taste
  4. 2 medium sized onions, peeled and chopped
  5. 2 carrots, peeled and chopped well
  6. 5 peeled garlic cloves
  7. About 1.5 cup red wine (optional)

 

6 Easy Ways To Pan Sear Chuck Roast In A Skillet on Stove Top:

Step 1: Remove the steak from the fridge well in advance before cooking. For a standard steak, that is usually around 40 minutes. However entire roast will need more time – up to 2 hours.

Pat dry the steak using paper towels – dry surface is much easier for getting browning (aka Maillard reaction).

 

Step 2: Heat the skillet at high heat until it begins to smoke lightly. Once you notice gentle fumes escaping the heated surface, wait for another 20 seconds before placing the roast inside.

 

Step 3: Coat all sides of the chuck roast with coarse salt right before searing it. Sprinkle generously and make sure you don’t miss any place.

Tip:  Avoid using table salt or be very careful – it’s easy to go beyond the sweet point and overdo the salt bit.

 

Step 4: Place the chuck roast in the hot pan. Sear the roast on one side first until it becomes golden brown and then flip it to the other side and repeat the process.

Use a pair of tongs and make sure that you sear each side for at least 2 minutes or until the fat begins to melt and you see the meat turning brown.

Getting both sides to be evenly seared will help to create a beautiful crust that will give a burst of flavor.

Tip: If you can hardly see any browning, add a knob of butter right in the skillet and use a teaspoon to baste the roast sides. You will immediately notice the golden brown crust quickly developing on the chuck’s roast.

If you are willing to make chuck roast even more delicious add a sprig of fresh rosemary and 3-4 crashed garlic cloves right inside. No need to peel them.

 

Step 5: Now finish cooking your chuck roast in the oven, which is preheated to about 140C / 285F.

The temperature might look low, but I really like using ‘low and slow’ technique. It helps to gradually increase the inside temperature of the roast, so it keeps more tenderness and juices inside.

Now place the vegetables (onions and carrots) beside the chuck roast in the same pan in which you seared the meat. Add garlic to give the vegetables an extra flavor.

To make sure that your chuck roast is cooked all the way through, insert a meat thermometer into it. You should get a reading of about 135 F for medium-rare. Vegetables will cook at the same time.

Check the steak doneness level and cooking times guidelines.

 

Step 6: Transfer your chuck roast to a plate along with the vegetables.  Slice the meat and serve it hot.

Tip: Preheat the serving dishes in the oven so to keep the steak hot for as long as possible – cold beef is not impressive in this scenario.

 

If you need some additional tips and more guidance, I recommend you check out the SteakEat Method that helps people cook perfect steaks on stove top every time.

Another great way of cooking a chuck roast is searing it and then using a slow cooker to completely cook it.

To cook the chuck roast in the slow cooker, follow the five easy steps below.

 

How To Pan Sear Chuck Steak And Then Cook It In a Slow Cooker

Step 1: Pan sear the chuck roast as described above.

Step 2: Now place the chuck roast in a slow cooker. Add vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery. You can use small sweet potatoes and slice the other vegetables into bite sized pieces.

Step 3: Add some red wine. You can also use other liquids such as stock, water, vinegar or a combination of these. Make sure that you pour enough liquid in the slow cooker, which completely covers the chuck roast and vegetables.

Step 4: Cover the slow cooker and let the chuck roast cook for about 6-8 hours. When the chuck roast is completely tender, you can be sure that your chuck roast is well cooked.

Step 5: Take out the chuck roast along with the vegetables and place on a serving dish. Cut the meat in slices and arrange the vegetables along the sides. Serve hot.

These above-mentioned methods will help you to get a delicious chuck roast dish out and impress your loved ones!

P.S. Don’t forget to discover the 3 secrets behind a tender juicy steak. 😉

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How to Cook Chuck Steak in Slow Cooker & How Long Does It Take?

how-to-cook-chuck-steak-in-slow-cooker-how-long-does-it-takeWe all know that chuck steak is considered a tough meat to work with.

Its hard texture is owing to the fact that the chuck comes from the shoulder of the cow.

However, if cooked well, this meat yields plenty of flavors and is quite nutritious.

Since I consider myself quite a master chef in cooking the perfect chuck steak in a slow cooker, I will give you all my secret tips.

Don your cooking hat and let’s get started! 😉

 

Slow Cooker Chuck Steak Recipe: How Long Does It Take To Cook Well

In order to cook a chuck steak well, it is always a good idea to braise.

Braising is a good method and it helps to render the meat tender and doesn’t require any sort of marinating.

For new cooks, braising might seem a technical term but actually, it just means cooking by combining two methods.

Normally the meat is seared first and then left to cook in a covered pot in a liquid for some time.

Searing the meat yields a number of benefits.  Not only does it give the meat a healthy color, it also adds tons of flavors and gives a slight crust at the side, which locks in the flavor.

Searing and then slow cooking the meat is thus incorporated in the braising method.

Braising is actually very easy when you use a slow cooker. So without further ado, let’s get cooking:

 

Estimated cooking time: 6-8 hours

Serves 8 – 10 people

 

Ingredients:

  • 4,5 lb chuck steak
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of beef stock
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh or dried herbs of your choice (e.g. rosemary)

 

Method For Slow Cooking Chuck Steak

In order to cook a chuck steak in a slow cooker, follow these 6 easy steps:

 

Step 1:  Start pat drying chuck steak with paper towels. Dry surface is much easier to get browned nicely.

 

Step 2: Coat all sides of the chuck steak with salt, pepper and garlic paste.

Sprinkle liberally and make sure you don’t miss any place. You can use fresh or dried herbs to season your chuck steak. These can include thyme or rosemary.

 

Step 3: Take a pan or skillet and lightly brush it with oil. Keep it on medium heat.

When the oil gets hot, place the chuck steak on the pan and sear it until both sides are golden brown. This usually takes about 2- 3 minutes. You can try adding a good knob of organic grass-fed butter inside to help steak browning and flavor.

 

Step 4: Once the chuck steak has been seared, place it in the slow cooker.

Now add vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery alongside the chuck steak.  You can use small sweet potatoes whole or cut bigger ones and other vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

 

Step 5: Now add the red wine as well as the beef stock to give your chuck steak a boost of flavor.  Make sure that you pour it in such a way that it covers all the vegetables and the chuck steak.

 

Step 6: Now cover the slow cooker with the lid and allow it to cook for about 6-8 hours at low (or 3-4 on high).

The whole point of cooking the chuck steak in a slow cooker is to allow it to get so tender that the meat falls apart.

You can be assured that the meat is cooked all the way through when you insert the meat thermometer and it shows you a reading of 145 F.

Also, you don’t need to check the meat every hour or so – it will reduce the temperature inside the slow cooker and the cooking time will increase.

After six hours have passed, switch off the slow cooker.

Tip: If you are looking to thicken the dish, bring the slow cooker to ‘high’ and take the lid off to accelerate evaporation. Leave it like that for another 30 minutes.

 

Step 7: Now take the steak out along with the vegetables and put it in a shallow dish. Pour the leftover broth from the slow cooker onto the steak and serve hot.

Chuck steak is truly an inexpensive, nutritious and delicious dish.

If you follow the above-mentioned steps carefully, you will be sure to get a cracking dish that will win laurels for your cooking and earn you the admiration from your loved ones.

Happy cooking!

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How to Cook Flat Iron Steak in a Crock Pot (2 Simple Recipes Included)

cook-flat-iron-steak-crock-potCrock pot cooked flat iron steak makes an excellent alternative to conventional broiling, pan frying or grilling.

This guide will explain how to cook flat iron steak in a slow cooker, giving some tips on buying quality beef and recipes to try.

This is what this article looks like:

Part 1: Cooking Flat Iron Steak. What is it and how does it work you can find here.

Part 2: Buying Quality Steak & Cooking Tools. What you need to know to buy perfect steak and slow cooker.

Part 3: Pro Tips & Recipes. Little techniques to make your slow cooking a bit better with some recipes included.

 

Part 1: Cooking Flat Iron Steak

The idea of slow cooking is simple – get your ingredients ready, put them inside your slow cooker turning it on and then come back hours later.

 

Why Slow Cooking Is Great

Slow cookers cook food slowly and very gently.

This means that connective tissues (i.e. collagen) in cuts such as flat iron steak break down causing sauces to thicken and enrich whilst leaving meat juicy and tender.

It’s not just great from cooking perspective – slow cooking helps to extract gelatin, which is great for a wide spectrum of things, including healing your gut, balancing out meat intake, helping skin get healthy, protecting joints and spine discs (anyone with disc herniation here?) and improving sleep.

 

Slow Cooking Technique: 3 Steps

Here is what I recommend you do every time when cooking flat iron steak in a slow cooker.

 

1. Room Temp & Cut

If you kept your steak in the fridge, take it out and cut it into 1-inch cubes. Wait for 20 minutes till they get to room temperature.

 

2. Sear the Cubes

Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee to skillet and heat it up until it starts gently smoking.

Meantime season the cubes with kosher salt and place them inside the skillet searing for 2 minutes. Make sure your steak cubes are actually being seared instead of boiling – that happens if you put too much at the same time.

 

3. Load Slow Cooker

Once you finished searing the steak, relocate it inside the slow cooker and add the ingredients from the recipe you picked (our recipes are in Part 3). Cook for the time required.

That’s pretty much it! As you can see it’s fairly straight-forward.

Let’s look at how you can buy best quality flat iron steak and cooking tools (including the actual slow cooker).

Part 2: Buying Quality Steak & Cooking Tools

We have just learned how to cook flat iron steak in a slow cooker in Part 1 and pro tips and recipes will come in Part 3.

As for now – let’s see how to buy quality flat iron steak, slow cooker and other tools you can use.

 

Perfect Flat Iron Steak

Would you like to enjoy a mouthwatering, delicious flat iron steak that is not only tasty, but is great for your health?

If YES, is your answer I recommend you choose organic grass-fed beef.

The tags ‘organic’ and ‘grass-fed’ mean that cows were not routinely fed growth hormones and antibiotics while being fed exclusively grains, flaked corn and other fattening feeds. Instead they were treated more humanely, ate natural grass-type feeds and had time feeding outside in their natural environment. It is obvious that these cows are healthier and better for your health. After all, you are what you eat.

So, organic grass-fed is one single change that brings the most outcomes. The rest is much less important.

 

Cooking Tools & Utensils

Which tools you need to cook an awesome flat iron steak in a slow cooker? Here is the answer.

 

Slow Cooker

There are numerous slow cookers on the market and their price ranges reflect the amount of features they carry onboard. Truth be said, I recommend you use a simple slow cooker that just fits your needs right. That means you also need to take into account its size.

Slow cooker sizes are measured in quarts. As a rule of thumb one quart feeds one person.

If you are feeding more than two people and have a busy lifestyle (and like leftovers), I recommend you get a 6-quart slow cooker. It serves 4+ people and will still have some leftovers for the following day.

After reading reviews and looking for a slow cooker I recommend you consider investing in this Hamilton Beach model. It has all the features of a regular slow cooker, but here is the cool thing – it has a probe to check for internal temperature of whatever is being cooked.

For example, you want a medium-rare flat iron steak from your slow cooker. All you need is to set the cooker at 55C / 130F and stick the probe needle inside your steak. Once it reaches the mark, slow cooker goes to ‘Warm’ setting. This is awesome feature and I highly recommend it for cooking best steak every time.

 

Instant-Read Thermometer

Guesswork is the worst thing you can employ to cook steaks. A quality meat probe eliminates all of it and helps you get mouthwatering results. It is especially necessary for large cuts of beef.

Ideally use the probe that is integrated with the slow cooker (like in this Hamilton Beach). If you already have a cooker, get this one instead – you can use it for grilling and stove top cooking as well.

 

Blow Torch or Stove Top Skillet

As we saw, the best way to get the flavor rolling is to quickly sear the steak’s surface using high heat. A powerful blow torch is ideal for this type thing (avoid crème brulee models as they are not powerful enough), because it requires little time and no clean up afterwards.

Alternatively you can use a thick-walled skillet. It will concentrate enough heat to quickly sear the steak’s surface. I recommend using forged aluminum or cast iron skillets.

That’s pretty much all you need for slow cooking flat iron steaks.

And now I invite you to learn pro tips and try some recipes in Part 3.

 

Part 3: Pro Tips & Recipes

We have just looked at slow cooking equipment in Part 2 and actually got an idea of what slow cooking is all about in Part 1.

Right now check out these tips.

Tips #1: Substitute

If you don’t own a crock pot you can still enjoy meals cooked in this way.

Create these wonderful dishes using an oven proof dish and cooking at very low temperatures. Generally, set your oven temperature for 250 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for the same amount of time mentioned in the crock pot recipe.

 

Tip #2: Avoid the Fat

Sometimes flat iron steak can be quite fatty. You might want to get rid of excess fat for some reasons. The best way to do it is refrigerating the already cooked meal in the fridge for a couple of hours. The fat will then solidify on the surface and will become easy to remove with a spoon.

 

Tip #3: No Evaporation

When preparing a flat iron steak in a crock pot or slow cooker you need to remember that the cooker never brings liquids up to a boiling point.

This means that you need to think carefully about how you wish to thicken your sauces.

Connective tissues will dissolve and thicken the sauce slightly during cooking but if additional thickening is required it will need to be done before cooking in the crock pot or immediately prior to serving the meal.

 

Tip #4: Thicken Up

This tip follows from the one before it. If you noticed your dish is very watery and you are nearly done cooking, switch the cooker to HOT setting and take the lid off. Higher temperature will help with evaporating excess water and thicken up your sauce.

 

 

Flat Iron Steak Slow Cooking Recipes

Recipe #1: Simple Steak with Gravy

If you are a less than confident, cook this simple recipe for Steak with Gravy – it will help you produce delicious tender flat iron steaks every time. It is also perfect for Mums and dads who are busy but still want to prepare home cooked food for the family.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of flat iron steak
  • 1 ounce package of onion soup mix
  • 10 ounce can of cream of mushroom soup
  • ¼ cup of water
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Cut the steak into portion sized pieces and place in crock pot
  • Mix the soup mixes and the water together well and add to the crock pot
  • Cover and cook on the low setting for 6 – 8 hours (or high setting for 3-4 hours)

This simple slow cook flat iron steak recipe really does take almost no time to prepare and, when served with fresh green vegetables, makes an excellent healthy meal.

 

Recipe #2: Honey and Barbecue Sauce Flat Iron Steak

Flat iron steak crock pot recipes are not just for Mums and Dads looking for a quick way to prepare a healthy family meal.

The crock pot is also perfect for preparing more unusual meals more suited to a dinner party.

This recipe is perfect as it can be prepared well in advance and needs the minimum of time and attention meaning you can focus on being a good host or hostess.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs of flat iron steak cut into 8 ounce portions
  • 1 large can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can favourite barbecue sauce
  • ½ jar honey
  • Three large cloves garlic, sliced

Directions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot bowl or in an oven proof casserole
  • Cover and cook in the crock pot for 3-4 hours on ‘high’ or in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for the same time
  • Once cooked, remove the meat and thicken the sauce using your favorite thickener OR bring the heat up to increase the speed of liquid evaporation

Serve with creamy mashed sweet potatoes and seasonal vegetables for a dinner party main course to be remembered!

Recipes borrowed from RecipesThatCrock – highly recommended for anyone into slow cooking.