Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Brown Pumpkin Gravy

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

Do you have a picky eater?  I do and my picky eater loves beef.  

It was a chilly day and I decided to develop a new slow cooker beef recipe using coffee and pumpkin. 

Dedicated to my special “Picky Eater” who made my day when he told me that this was “sooooooo good” and even tried “white mashed potatoes” for the first time and loved them!

Enjoy!

Denise

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Brown Pumpkin Gravy

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef

with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

Ingredient List

1 medium Onion, sliced thinly

2.5 lbs. Boneless  Half-Eye Round Roast

1 teaspoon dried Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Sumac (optional)

2 Bay Leaves

1 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree

1 teaspoon ground Sage

1 tablespoon Espresso Powder

Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Line the bottom with your onion.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

  • Season the beef with salt, pepper, garlic powder, sumac and oregano.  Place in slow cooker.  Add the bay leaves.

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

  • In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, espresso powder and ground sage.

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

  • Cover the beef with the pumpkin mixture.

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serving suggestion:

  • Add a green vegetable or salad.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes (try adding 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg to them)
  • If you prefer a thinner gravy, add 1/2 cup beef stock or white wine to the slow cooker when you add the pumpkin mixture.

Slow Cooker Espresso Beef with Pumpkin Brown Gravy

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Cinnamon Spiced Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

This “not diet friendly” dessert recipe was actually inspired by one of my favorite low calorie desserts/snacks….

It is all about balance.  So, go ahead and have a treat once in a while.  Be sure to counter the calorie intake with exercise and be mindful of portions.  

Definitely worth the extra workout… 

Enjoy!

Denise

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip with Cookies

Cinnamon Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Ricotta Cheese (I used part-skim)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Espresso Powder
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
3/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla, cinnamon, and espresso powder until creamy.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip Preparation I

  • Gradually add the sugars and mix until well blended.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

  • Stir in mini chocolate chips.

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

Cappuccino Cannoli Dip

  • Transfer to an airtight container.  Refrigerate overnight (or at least 4-6 hours).
  • When ready to serve, transfer to a decorative bowl.
  • Serve with chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafer or strawberries.

Note:

  • This was a big hit! 
  • We think that Polish Chrusciki would  have been really good because they have a flavor/texture reminiscent of cannoli  shells.  Next time….
  • My “diet” version is 1/2 cup fat free ricotta, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon, 1 packet of Splenda.  Mix well with a spoon.  Sprinkle with 6 mini chocolate chips.  Yum! 🙂