Beef Tips and Gravy

Beef Tips and Gravy

Awesome Comfort Food.  Beef Tips and Gravy are sure to satisfy.

Simple ingredients and yet such a nice and comforting dish.  Beef tips are
excellent with cornstarch making them be a very good gluten-free choice
for a comfort food meal.

4 pounds roast
salt
pepper
8 cups water or Beef Broth
1/2 cup cornstarch or my gluten free flour mix
Oil for the pan

I like to get the caramelization of the meat so you get the really good flavor
and the nice brown gravy.  I don’t mean black!  I really mean caramelized.
First you slice the meat into steak like pieces.  Salt and pepper each piece
and place a few pieces at a time into a large frying pan that has been heated
to high with about a tablespoon of oil in it.  Don’t crowd.  Cook until
caramelized on one side then turn and caramelize the other side.  Remove
from pan and add another tablespoon of oil and more meat.  Will probably
take about three times depending on the size of your pan.

Now chop the browned meat into cubes about 1 inch and put all the meat
back into the pan stirring and cooking for a few minutes.  Add a bit more
salt and pepper to cover all the sides.  Now add 6 cups of water and bring
the meat to a boil.  Turn to low and cover.  About an hour to and hour and
a half later your meat should be tender.

Turn the heat back up to medium high.  Mix a cornstarch slurry with 1/2
cup cornstarch and 2 cups of water and add a little at a time stirring well
and giving it a chance to thicken.  continue until you have added all the
cornstarch mixture.  The gravy must come to a boil so the final chemistry
comes together.  After it boils, if you feels it isn’t thick enough, add a little
more by mixing 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water.

I like to serve them with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.  Tonight I was
low on vegetable choices so went with a nice side salad with home-made
ranch dressing.

Trick:  Sometimes when I want to get the flour gravy feel, I add one to two
tablespoons of heavy cream to the gravy once it is the desired thickness
and cook a few minutes more.  It is amazing what a change this makes!

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