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New: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

on October 10, 2011

Before you ask, yes, I posted a similar recipe last year, but this one turned out much better, hence the ‘New’ at the beginning! I’m loving my slow cooker these days. Running wild and crazy trying to keep up with two kids at different schools and different calendars. Plus soccer and soon there will be basketball in the mix as well. I try to keep several slow cooker recipes handy. This is a new fave. Oh, sorry, no pics for this one either, it didn’t last long and I didn’t think about it til all that was left was dirty dishes. And, well, those aren’t very attractive!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1-2 lb stew meat in chunks

2 celery stalks sliced

1 medium onion chopped

2 carrots peeled and sliced

2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed

1C frozen mixed vegetables

1 can beef broth

12oz V8

1 can tomato sauce

1/4 C red wine

2 tbsp Worcestershire

5 to 6 whole peeled garlic cloves

3 bay leaves

1/2 tsp dried thyme

salt and pepper

1. Put all ingredients, except frozen vegetables, in large slow cooker. Cook on high 7-8 hours.

2. 30 min to 1hr before you are ready to eat, add in the frozen veggies.

***Hint: when I made this, I didn’t parboil the potatoes and carrots and after 4hrs on high and 3 on low, the potatoes and carrots  were still not completely cooked and a bit on the crunchy side. You could cook it on a lower temp if you parboil the potatoes & carrots for 5 to 10 min before putting them in the slow cooker.

To parboil you place the veggies you are cooking in boiling water and cook them for a short time, they’re not cooked, but only beginning the cooking process, then you finish the cooking process in whatever your method is for the recipe, slow cooker, oven, etc.

I will definitely parboil next time around.

This recipe is more liquid than my first, which makes me like it a bit more. Maybe I should call it ‘Stoup’. If you want to thicken it up, you can mix 2tbsp cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water and add it to the stew 30 min prior to eating.

Remove the bay leaves, ladle into bowl and enjoy with some crusty bread or biscuits. YUM!

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One response to “New: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. The recipe sounds good. I love the smell of the house when using a slow cooker. How the food linger in the air and me continue opening the pot stirring to see if the food is ready.

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