Monday, November 1, 2010

Classic crockpot beef stew

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It's fall, people. So in celebration of the beginning of the month of November, I made a warm comfort food specialty.

I'm talking about beef stew.

I don't think we need much more of an introduction. Let's just jump right in, shall we?

What you'll need:


2 cups beef broth 
1/8 cup Italian Dressing
1/8 cup Vinaigrette Dressing made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
1 tsp.  dried oregano leaves
1 lb. boneless beef chuck for stew, cut into 1-1/4-inch cubes
6 small red potatoes
4 large carrots
1 large  onion (optional-but I didn't use it)
2 slices bacon
Not pictured:
3 Tbsp.  flour
1/4 cup water 
Directions:
Pour the beef broth, both dressings and barbecue sauce into the crock pot.

Mix it up.


Grab a teaspoon of dried oregano leaves.


Throw 'em in!


My package of beef stew cubes had 1.65 lbs, so I put about 1/2 lb in the freezer. Add some seasoning salt and pepper.


Throw it in!


Grab your 6 small red potatoes.


Chop them up into bite-size pieces. 


Throw them in!


Grab your 4 large carrots.


Then grab your husband, and make him chop them up.


He's so useful.


Throw them in!

Are you sensing a pattern here?

Now this is the part where you would chop up an onion and throw it in. But I'm not interested.

Thanks for the offer.


Grab some bacon!


Chop it up.


Throw it in.

Could this get any easier?

Now mix up all the stuff in the crock pot.

Set it on low, and let it sit for 8-9 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.


Yummm! Here it is after a full day of simmering.


Now you're going to use a slotted spoon and transfer the meat, potatoes and veggies into a metal bowl.


Cover it with tinfoil.


Add 3 heaping tablespoons of flour to the broth mixture.


Use a whisk and stir it up.


Put the lid back on and let it sit on high for 15 minutes.


Now add the meat/veggie/potato mixture back to the crockpot and put on low. Mix it up, and you're good to go! I served this with garlic bread.

So get cozy and make this stew. You won't regret it.

Love you all!
Rachael

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