Monday, October 21, 2013
Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew
This recipe is comfort food at its best. Hearty beef stew with chunks of potato and carrots, in a rich, wine-based broth. So easy to prepare, and filling on these chilly fall evenings. When I was a kid, my dad used to make stew whenever it was really, really, cold outside, and it's one of those foods that has a special place in my heart since it reminds me so much of him.
I don't know if my stew can compete with his, but it's still pretty good! The aroma in my kitchen as this was cooking was intoxicating, and everyone was lining up to enjoy a bowl when it was ready. Serve with a gluten free baguette so you can mop up all the juices in the bottom of the bowl!
Feel free to use up vegetables you have in the fridge that need to be used, or to substitute chicken or turkey for a slightly different version.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
1-1 1/2 lbs. stewing beef cubes (I cut mine pretty small so that they're more kid-friendly)
1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 tbsp. Gluten Free flour
1 onion, quartered
2 medium carrots, washed and cut into bite sized pieces
2 stalks celery, washed and cut into bite sized pieces
8 mini yellow or red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
1 cup frozen or fresh corn niblets (optional)
1 cup red wine
3 cups Gluten Free beef broth
1 sprig thyme, rosemary, or dried herbs to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
1- Preheat slow cooker. This next step is optional. In a frying pan, heat butter or oil and add beef and brown slightly. Add GF flour to pan and stir to coat beef. Remove from pan and place in slow cooker.
***It's fine to simply do this step in the slow cooker, although the beef won't brown.
2- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. If there's not enough liquid, add some extra broth as needed.
3- When finished cooking, removing thyme and rosemary. The onion can also be removed if you don't want larger onion bits in your stew.
See how easy? The broth should be thick and delicious, and everything should be cooked through. Adjust seasonings and serve.
If you want to make this in a soup pot, follow the same directions, only turn heat down once stew has reached a boiling point and cook on low until everything is cooked through.