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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I know that Spring has sprung but there is still a chill in the air and it still feels a lot more like winter than spring. This is what I like to call Winter’s last breath time of year.  Being I am so much more of a morning person than a night person I love to cook in the morning, not elaborate breakfasts mind you but Dinner. I prep , chop and set up my slow cooker and it’s all in by 8 a.m. I cooked this on low for 8 hours and then on high for 2. You can do it on high for 6-8 as well. Almost fool-proof and you’ll love the benefits. When you enter your home at the end of the day your house will smell amazing, your dinner will be almost ready and you’ll have one pot to clean after dinner! Wow! Now of course you’ll have a bit of a mess in the morning but that’s OK because you’ll have more energy in the morning . Shop ahead and have all your ingredients ready and you’re set . I love slow cooker meals.

This is what I did:

Ingredients:

2 lbs. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 inch cubes — the butcher usually has this meat already cut up. You can add an extra lb. of meat if you have more people.

5 medium size carrots, sliced into chunks

1 lb. baby potatoes — they come in a bag and are perfect just the way they are. Of course you can cut up larger potatoes if you wish.

1 small white onion–diced

3 cloves garlic–minced

3 cups Beef Broth

2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp. Italian Seasonings–dry and available in most spice sections

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 cup Flour

2 cups Frozen Peas– I used frozen peas you can also add frozen corn if you like or use both.

Directions:

Take out the meat and dry it off with a paper towel. Sprinkle liberally with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper on all sides. Heat a skillet with a little olive oil and sear on each side for a few minutes just to get a crust on the meat. You will not be cooking the meat just searing.

I spray my slow-cooker with cooking spray (Pam) and then add the meat, the carrots, potatoes, onion and garlic.

Add the beef broth , tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, italian seasoning, and I added about a 1/2 tsp. of Kosher Salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill (6) . You can taste at some point and always add more.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours or High for 6-8 hours. An hour before serving, I take out about a cup of gravy from the beef stew and whisk with 1/4 cup flour. Then stir into the stew along with the frozen peas. Stir and taste for S and P at this point.

I let it cook on high for 2 more hours. You should let it cook for at least 1 more hour after the addition of the flour. The flour will thicken the gravy, so you’ll want to cook for at least 1 more hour on high setting.

Enjoy! a loaf of crusty bread would be in order on the side.

Slow Cooking Beef Stew–Ten Hours

photo 1 (31) photo 4 (15)All I can say is A-mazing! I have to admit I was a doubter the morning I put this together . I didn’t think I had enough liquid and on my way home I picked up Beef Broth but when I walked in the door and the aroma hit me I knew it was right. So right and I am so excited because I used what I had in the house and am delighted with the results. It’s always weird when you’re wearing your pajamas at 8 a.m. , you’re on your second cup of coffee and slicing and dicing vegetables and braising beef cubes on the stove. I doubt I’ll ever get used to that but what a pleasure it is to walk through the door at the end of the day to this!!!! Yum is all I can say. I really did cook for 10 hours. I completed my prep and turned on slow cooker by 9 a.m. and we ate at 7 p.m.

If you’re looking for a more conventional method of Beef Stew, go to my website and enter Sunday Night Stew on a Tuesday Night.

This will serve 4 people generously. You can adjust for less people.

Ingredients:

4 lbs. stewing beef. ( I buy from the butcher at Whole Foods or at any butcher) It’s usually chuck roast cut into cubes.

2 medium size yellow onions, thinly sliced

4 carrots , peeled and sliced . I like a decent size carrot chunk so cut into decent size chunks. Or you can use baby carrots. ( app. 2 – 3 cups ) and leave them whole.

I used red and white potatoes because that is what I had in the house, any potatoes you’d like to use. Peeled or not, I don’t peel. I quartered them. Just don’t make them too small because they will disintegrate.

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup red wine

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup boiling water

*Beef Broth on hand to thin out if necessary.

*2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary–if you have in the house and want to use it , it adds a great punch of flavor.

*you will be searing the meat first, so that’s where I used Salt and Pepper. ( see directions) and it was enough for us.

Directions:

First:

I placed about a 1/2 cup of flour into a shallow bowl and added about a teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. I lightly coatedphoto 5 (16) the meat with flour, then dumped out excess flour and prepared my Le Creuset for browning the meat. I heated up 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and when oil is hot (not smoking) I added meat in batches to brown them. I had to add a little bit of olive oil to second batch. I put meat on a paper towel lined plate to drain a little bit before adding to slow cooker. Spray slow cooker insert with Pam cooking spray first for easier clean up, then add meat to bottom of slow cooker. Add all of the vegetables on top.

In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, wine, Worcestershire sauce, Rosemary and boiling water. Pour over the meat and vegetables. Cover and Cook on LOW for 8 – 10 hours.

You really don’t need noodles or rice with this because you have the potatoes. If you’d like omit the potatoes and serve over rice or noodles. Your choice.

I served in large shallow bowls.

A nice crusty bread would be nice served alongside to sop up the sauce.