Silverside is a tasty cut of beef, and one that requires a good chunk of cooking time. If you are pushed for this precious commodity, try finding out how to cook silverside beef joint in a slow cooker.
This will save you a lot of time, and you can, once you know how, set it cooking before you go out, then return to a perfectly cooked joint!
Silverside is a lean, boneless cut that comes from the hind area of the cow, between the leg and the rump. It is named “silverside” because it is covered with a shiny, silver membrane over its internal surface.
Because this cut is from one of the largely muscled areas, it is very lean, and can be tough. It works best when cooked slowly, for a long time, which is why silverside is such a great choice for your slow cooker! Let’s have a look at some recipes:
There are a few different ways you can cook your silverside beef joint in the slow cooker. We’ll look at the most simple version first.
- 1 silverside roast
- 2 small onions, halved
- 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup/50g brown sugar
- 1/4 cup/60ml brown vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 2L beef stock
Here is how to cook silverside beef joint in a slow cooker:
- Preparing the pot
Place all the vegetables in the slow cooker, topped with the other ingredients.
- Adding the beef
Put the silverside on top of the vegetables and other ingredients, making sure the silverside is pretty much submerged in the stock and the water.
Cook on low for 6.5 hours.
- Testing the meat
Check on the meat after this time – it should be tender and just about ready to fall apart.
- Removing the beef
Take the meat out and allow it to rest for 10 minutes wrapped in tin foil before you serve it.
- How to serve
Serve with the vegetables from the slow cooker, along with mashed potatoes and green beans.
This next method is very similar, with a few additions to make the beef even tastier.
- 1kg silverside beef
- 500ml beef stock
- 25g butter
- 25g plain flour
- 2 onions, sliced thickly
- 1 sliced carrot
- 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1 crushed garlic clove (or more, if you like garlic!)
- 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary leaves, or 1 tsp dried
- 1/2 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Scatter the onions and carrot over the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Mix together the two types of mustard, with the garlic, salt and pepper and rosemary in a small bowl.
- Rub this mixture all over the beef, then place the beef on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker.
- Pour the stock all around the meat and vegetables.
- Cover the pot, then cook on a low setting for 4-5 hours. You can cook it on a higher setting for a shorter amount of time, if you like, but longer cooking on a lower heat will make the meat more tender.
- Remove the meat from the cooker, cover it with tin foil and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
- Melt the butter in a small pan, then stir in the flour.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, then strain in the cooking liquid, discarding the vegetables.
- Whisk the mixture until it is thick and smooth, adding more liquid if you want a thinner gravy.
- Serve with your choice of roast dinner vegetables.
Beef and red wine are a match made in heaven, aren’t they? The addition of it in this dish adds a special something to this dish.
- 1kg silverside
- 4-5 crushed garlic cloves
- 4 rashers of bacon, snipped into chunks
- 2 large carrots, chopped into large slices
- 2 onions, thickly sliced
- 1 leek, thickly sliced
- 2 celery stalks, thickly sliced
- 500ml red wine
- 1 tbsp rosemary
- Cinnamon stick
- 200ml beef stock
- 2 tbsp flour
- Season the beef and rub half the garlic into it. Crush the garlic and rub this in, along with the herbs.
- Fry the bacon in a pan, then remove and set aside.
- Add the beef to the same pan, and cook until it is slightly browned and has a crust.
- Remove the beef and place it in a slow cooker. Tip the bacon over the top.
- Add the vegetables, cinnamon stick and any leftover herbs.
- Pour the wine in, then add enough stock to just cover the meat.
- Cover the slow cooker, and cook on a low heat for 3-4 hours.
- Remove from the slow cooker, and make gravy by mixing 1-2 tbsp of flour with the cooking juices in a small pan.
- Serve with creamy mashed potatoes.
Silverside is a good choice of meat for when you want a delicious, perfectly cooked cut – as long as you have the time. Learning how to cook silverside beef joint in slow cooker is just about the best thing you will learn today (although we have some other slow cook recipes for beef).
You can serve it as the centrepiece of your Sunday dinner, or have it as midweek meals – cooking it in the slow cooker means you can have silverside often, without the hassle of spending hours slaving over a hot stove!