Slow Cooker Beef Stew
As I'm sure my fellow twenty somethings would agree, you know you've become an adult when you not only ask for small appliances for Christmas, but are also extremely excited to be gifted these small appliances you most definitely cannot afford on your own. Now I am the proud owner of a 6 quart crock pot, which takes up a good portion of the teeny apartment kitchen counter space I have; all the more reason to have my dinner cook itself for me in this handy device. I don't have much experience using a slow cooker up to this point, so I christened it with the most stereotypical slow cooker meal: beef stew. For this recipe (found on All Recipes) you'll need:
- 1 kg (2 lbs) beef stew meat (beef chuck or roast) cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 3 potatoes, diced
- 4 carrots, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
1. Break down meat into cubes and place in slow cooker.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour salt and pepper; pour over meat and stir to coat.
3. Prepare vegetables and garlic.
4. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, soy sauce, onion, beef broth, potato, carrots, celery and pepper.
5. Cover and cook on low setting for 10-12 hours, or on high setting for 4-6 hours.
It still amazes me that I can throw a ton of ingredients together in a pot, turn it on, and come back in 6 hours and have dinner, with the only real effort being figuring out how to break down a large chunk of beef into smaller chunks of beef (I don't think I have a calling as a butcher). If you like your potatoes and veggies to be quite tender I would recommend the 6 hour cook on high for this recipe; the flavours really meld together and the beef is fall apart at the touch of a fork delicious. Serving with garlic bread wouldn't be a bad idea either.
What are your favourite slow cooker recipes? I'm eager to put my new gadget to work!