Thursday, January 20, 2011

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


This is going to come as a surprise to some, but Florida really doesn't get that cold during the winter. Surprise, surprise! Maybe it dips into the 50's, and you put on a sweater and call it done. But one morning I woke up...it was 33 degrees outside and there was frost on our front lawn! Talk about a shock! I couldn't get my toes warm all morning, and thought it appropriate stew weather. It just seemed right.

Unfortunately, (or maybe lucky for me) I had a Girl's Night Out so I would be gone for dinner. Something in the slow cooker waiting for my husband and son at least makes me feel like that they will have a semi-healthy dinner while I'm out.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Summary: recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces carrots (baby carrots or whole carrots cut into large pieces)
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1 cup beef broth (or water)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (I left out)

Instructions

  1. Use a 3 1/2 to 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Mix all ingredients, except beef. Add beef on top (do not stir).
  3. Cover and cook on Low heat 8 to 9 hours on until vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir well.
Meal type: dinner

The verdict?
This was really easy to put together, it smelled great cooking, and the few bites I sneaked before I left the house made me hungry!

My husband said this was a good dinner, and that my son had a few bites, so that's victory. I had this the next day for lunch, (actually two bowl's worth!) and it was very filling, the perfect stew consistency, and the beef was not overcooked. Perfect cold weather food!

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