In the late 1960's I got this from a small Restaurant outside of Houma Louisiana. I remember I "oiled" the cook's vocal cords with a lot of cold Jax Beer to finesse the recipe out of him. About the only thing I've changed is re figuring it for the crock pot.
- 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
- 1 cup beef stock or 1 cup chicken stock
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3 lbs chuck roast, lean, trimmed of fat, cut into 1 1/2 inch thick steaks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Add tomatoes, stock, thyme, basil, red pepper flakes and bay leaf to the crock pot set on high; mix well.
- Mix cayenne, black pepper, and salt. Rub well into the roast.
- Heat a cast iron pan, add oil and brown meat on all sides. Add to crock pot.
- Sauté the vegetables in the drippings until tender. Add flour and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add vegetables to the crock pot.
- Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 6-7 hours.
- Cut into serving size portions.
- Serve on a bed of rice.