Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beef Stew

I have decided I'm going to post a new recipe every week (or try to), and this week I'm posting about my hubby's favorite beef stew.  I did a lot of looking online and in my many cookbooks to find a beef stew recipe that Hubby would like.  I never found one.  SO, I combined things out of several different recipes and came up with the following:

In a CrockPot combine
- 1 1/2 lbs of stew meat (our grocery store sells meat already cubed)
- half bag of each of the following vegetables: corn, green beans, onions
- 1 small bunch of celery (heart? or bunch?) cut into bite size pieces
- half bag of baby peeled carrots cut length wise
- 4 potatoes (I use red skinned because that's what hubby likes) cut into bite size pieces
- 1 can of dices tomatoes (do not drain)
- 2 beers (favorite flavor, but beers with more bold flavors taste better)
- Season salt, garlic powder, italian seasonings (use to taste... I sprinkle a liberal dusting of each seasoning on the top of all the ingredients)

- Cornstarch

Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.

before you serve it, if you like a thicker stew, remove a bowl of the broth, and whisk in about 4 tbl of cornstarch and then add it back to the pot and stir.  This makes it thicker.  Serve!

I don't really know if this constitutes as a stew without the cornstarch, or if that is really the correct way to thicken something like a stew, but that's how I make gravy, so I figured it would work for my stew.  Most of the time, I don't really know what I am doing, I just wing it.  :)

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do, it really took some time to figure out what hubby liked and didn't like, he's kind of picky, but this is now what he asks for regularly!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I think it's "bunch" of celery, but I like "heart" sounds so much more warm & fuzzy.

  2. Hmmm, this looks so good. I think I will try making this next week!

  3. What a great recipe. It's like a combo of vegetable soup and taco soup. My family would love this!!! Thanks so much for linking to Saturday Swap!!! Have a super weekend!!!

  4. Love me some beef stew...this looks great!

  5. I've been looking for some slow cooker recipes. Thanks!

  6. This sounds great, Jessica! I may have to try it with my fam! :-)


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