Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner

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Sundays are usually very busy around my house, and Easter Sunday is no exception. Today’s delicious slow cooker sirloin steak recipe will turn Easter Dinner into an easy and energy-saving affair.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Who’s ready for Easter Dinner?!

Slow cookers are an excellent energy-saving appliance because the entire dish cooks on your countertop without heating the kitchen up by turning on the oven or using every burner on the stove.

The preparation for this meal is so easy, even your kids can help make it. You can use any cut of meat for this recipe, or even buy a roast and skip cutting the meat into smaller chunks and this will make a fabulous pot roast as well!

I prefer to use prime grade sirloin steak for this recipe because it is extremely budget-friendly, flavorful, and tender. The sirloin cooks in a rich, delicious sauce made using a few different ingredients that flavor the meat perfectly. This makes you feel like you are eating prime rib steak tips without realizing you only spent a few dollars per pound instead of six or seven times that amount!

Saving on your cut of meat comes in handy when feeding a lot of people on holidays like Easter, because buying all the sides and bottles of wine for a fancy family meal can certainly add up.

If your family doesn’t cook with wine, just skip it in the recipe, and the dish will still taste delicious! The flavors in the sauce are rich and decadent with a little hit of acid, as the balsamic vinegar and fresh lemon juice complement the beef stock. And the beef fat rendering from the meat combines with the butter to create a velvety texture.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Tasty, fluffy mashed potatoes.

If you are looking for a unique mashed potato recipe, I also share my recipe for the creamy, lemony butter whipped potatoes you see in the photos.

Enjoy this recipe on Easter Sunday or any night of the week! Just pay close attention to the cooking temperatures and time for this recipe. Use the low heat setting, and let the meat cook all day to achieve the perfect tenderness.

Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner

Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Beef – it’s what’s for dinner.
  • 3 lb. Prime sirloin steak
  • 1 can French onion soup
  • 2 c. Beef stock
  • ¼ c. Cabernet sauvignon wine
  • 3 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ c. Shallots, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. Parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Sea salt
  • ½ tsp. Fresh cracked black peppercorns
  • 6-7 Fresh thyme sprigs

Directions:

1) Prepare the sirloin steak by removing any large fat pieces on the edge of the meat and discarding them.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
You don’t want to remove all the fat from your sirloin, but definitely get rid of the larger chunks of it.

2) Cut the meat into large cubes as shown in photos.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
You need to build the right sauce in which your sirloin will stew for 8+ hours.

3) Combine the French onion soup, beef stock, wine, vinegar, shallots, lemon juice, garlic paste, paprika, parsley flakes, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Truly – all your beef will need is salt and pepper. The sauce will do the rest.

4) Add the meat cubes to the slow cooker and season them with the sea salt and black pepper.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Thyme = Aromatics. Don’t skip this step.

5) Pour the liquid from the bowl over the meat. Lay the thyme sprigs on top of the meat and close the lid. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

6) After the 8 hours has passed, remove the thyme sprigs and discard them.

7) Mix the 2 tablespoons of butter into the liquid, and turn the slow cooker off (or set to Warm).

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
As when preparing nearly any cut of beef, it’s important to let it rest away from heat before you go onto the next steps.

8) Let the meat sit for at least 15 minutes to the added butter time to integrate into the liquid.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
What a lovely plate of food!

The meat will be extremely tender and moist because of the long, low cooking time. This delicious recipe for sirloin steak tips goes perfectly with classic mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, and dinner rolls to make a delicious Easter dinner this Sunday (or for any Sunday dinner)!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb. Golden potatoes, peeled
  • 1 large pot of water
  • ¼ c. Cream cheese
  • ¼ c. Butter
  • 1 ½ c. Half-and-half
  • 1 tbsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tbsp. Ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice

Directions:

1) Peel the potatoes and then cut them into even-sized pieces (approx. 4-5 pieces per potato).

2) Move the potatoes to a large stock pot, season them with the salt, and then cover them with hot water.

3) Heat the pot over medium-high to high heat. Bring the pot to a boil and have the potatoes cook until fork tender (usually takes around 20 minutes).

4) Turn the heat off and drain the potatoes.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Using the hand mixer will create smooth mashed potatoes. If your family prefers a chunkier texture, opt for a hand masher instead.

5) Add the potatoes to a large bowl along with the lemon juice, white pepper, garlic powder, half and half, butter, and cream cheese. Use a hand mixer to whip the potatoes with these ingredients and serve.

Direct Your Dining: Slow Cooker Sirloin for Easter Dinner
Dinner is served!

Happy Easter from Direct Energy!

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Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M animal science graduate using her education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy in the kitchen.

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