I married a meat and potatoes guy. Which is kind of crazy because when we met and were married he was a vegetarian, he had been for 5 years until on our honeymoon in Hawaii when he had a bite of fish. And even then he didn’t come home & dive into meat. But deep down lurking beneath the surface was a meat eater. That doesn’t mean he still doesn’t enjoy a meat-less meal or that we don’t make meat-less meals as a regular part of our life, the deliciously simple dish of Mujadara or Spinach pie shows otherwise.
However, he does like a hearty beef stew with all it’s fine fixins. And because I’m such a people pleaser, I am happy to make him a simple & easy crockpot beef stew. It’s a perfect dish for the hectic day when you can start it early before the day gets too crazy. It was also perfect the other night when it was cold & rainy. It warmed us up from the inside out.
What You Need:
1.5 lb Beef Stew Meat
1/4–1/2 Cup Flour
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Teaspoon Paprika
2 Bay Leaves
2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Red Wine
2 Cups Beef Broth
2 Large Russet Potatoes (cubed)
1 yellow onion (finely diced)
5 Carrots (cubed)
How to Put it Together:
Place meat in a large plastic bag. Combine 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour (you will need it to cover your meat) with 1/2 teaspoon salt & 1/2 teaspoon pepper; pour into the bag with the meat, shake to coat. Then heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add stew meat, and cook until evenly browned on the outside, you want to sear the meat. It takes a few minutes. Then remove your stew meat & place in your crockpot.
After this take your finely diced onion and put it in the same skillet, with 1 tablespoon olive, and cook so your onions are translucent. This means you will begin to see through the onions & they are soft. You can then add in your red wine to make sure all the good bits are lifted off the skillet & pour the contents of the skillet into the crockpot. You want to get all the good bits from the meat and the onions up, so you don’t lose the flavor they give.
Now that you have your meat, onions & red wine in your crockpot you will want to add in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, potatoes,and carrots. Your potatoes and carrots should be chopped into mouthful bites. I know usually celery is part of a beef stew, but my children run from celery lately so I made it without. If you decide to add celery, about 2 diced stalks would suffice.
Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 5 to 6 hours. It feeds a nice serving to 4–6 people. A perfect way to have a hearty beef stew without having to worry about rushing around right at dinner time. Just grab a bowl, spoon & people you love to share good food with!