There are a few round steaks in the freezer from that half-side of beef, so I wandered around the internet for awhile in search of something good. I figured that the crockpot would help combat the "tough and dry" tendency. This is what I found: Slow Cooker Tender and Yummy Round Steak. It sure sounded like a winner.
However, I don't have "cream of" soups in my pantry, or dry onion soup mix either. So I googled "substitute cream of mushroom soup" and "substitute dry onion soup" and found a few options.
This is the Condensed Cream Of Mushroom Soup Substitute I used. I had to make it twice; the first attempt was much too lumpy when I added the liquid, and I gave it to the dogs and tried again. I added a few spices and herbs from another link (1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp parsley, 1/4 tsp celery flakes, 1/4 tsp minced garlic, and 1/8 tsp marjoram) because both the soup mix and the cream-of recipe I used were rather bland.
And I used this Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix.
The wonderful smell about drove me crazy all day. Some crockpot recipes are better made on days that you will not be home! I'm glad I added the herbs from the other recipe; I'm sure they made all the difference. (The photo doesn't look terribly appetizing, but it was GOOD.)
Here's my twist on the recipe:
Crockpot Round Steak
Place in crockpot:
3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 onion, chopped
6 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
Cut a 2-lb round steak into several pieces and place on top of veggies.
In a bowl, combine:
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (or use recipe here)
3/4 cup water
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp celery flakes
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp marjoram
1 packet of onion soup mix OR
1 large beef bouillon cube or 4 tsp granulesPour this over the meat in the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
8 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp seasoned pepper