Slow-Cooker Greek Beef Bites

Create an appetizer surprise in your slow cooker: these beef bites, simmered in garlic and herbs, and served with a Greek-inspired cucumber-yogurt dipping sauce.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 40 min
  • Servings 20

3
pounds beef boneless chuck roast, trimmed of fat
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4
tablespoons grated lemon peel
1
cup yogurt
1/2
small cucumber, peeled, cored and finely chopped (1/3 cup)
1/2
teaspoon salt

  • 1 Cut beef into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in oil, in batches if necessary, 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides.
  • 2 Place beef in 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, the pepper and 3 tablespoons of the lemon peel; toss to mix.
  • 3 Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  • 4 Stir together yogurt, cucumber, 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1 tablespoon lemon peel in small bowl. Serve beef with toothpicks for dipping into yogurt sauce. Beef bites will hold on Low heat setting up to 2 hours; stir occasionally.

Expert Tips

No Changes.

For the best flavor and to reduce the amount of liquid during cooking, trim any excess fat from the beef before browning.

Look for beef stew meat that's been pre-trimmed, and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces, in the meat department.

For a gyro-type sandwich, spoon this beef onto pita bread, top with sliced onions and tomatoes, and drizzle with the cucumber sauce.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
280mg
280%;
Total Carbohydrate
1g
1%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
15g
15%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.