On a large plate add the flour and salt and pepper. Mix this together.
Dredge each steak in this mixture on both sides, transfer to another plate. Save any excess flour mixture, you will add this to the slow cooker with the meat later.
Set a large skillet to medium high heat. Add enough oil to coat the pan. Brown the steaks on both sides, no need to cook through. You may have to cook the meat in two batches if your pan is too small, add more oil inbewteen batches. Add the browned steaks to the slow cooker. Sprinkle over any excess flour from the plate.
Deglaze the pan that you browned the meat in with by adding the beef consomme and scrapping up any brown bits. Add to the slow cooker on top of the beef.
Add the remaining ingredients, stir.
Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 7 hours or HIGH for 4 hours with out opening the lid during the cooking time.
Can I use a different cut of meat?Yes, if you can't find bottom roast or steaks you can use one of these cuts of beef.
Chuck roast (leave whole, shred at the end and degrease the sauce by laying paper towels over the sauce and discarding).
Can I add mushrooms?Yes! Mushrooms can be added at the beggining of the cooking time, add 1-2 cups.What to serve with Swiss Steak: