Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Man oh man, I can remember coming home from school on a cold and snowy day and opening the door to the smells of beef stew that has been in the slow cooker for hours. MMMMM......so good. This recipe is pretty easy. It's really understanding the level which different food cook. Like meat and potatoes takes longer to cook then celery. Here, let me show you. Below is a photo of my ingredients.

1 pound of beef cut into bite size chunks. 4 or 5 potatoes (depending on their size), french onion soup 2 10 once cans. celery, baby carrots & corn. I use green beans too but I didn't have any for this one.

I put a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan & brown the meat. Don't cook it all the way through. Just brown it some on either side.

Pour the 2 cans of french onion soup into the slow cooker & put the cooker on high. Add the browned meat & cut up the potatoes into bite size pieces. Put the lid on & stir occasionally for the next 3-4 hours or until the meat is cooked & the potatoes are tender. I do season the meat with black pepper, onion powder & garlic powder. Not too much, you want the natural flavors of all the ingredients to show through.

Then add the celery, baby carrots and corn. cut up the celery into small pieces. Turn slow cooker to low & stir occasionally over the next 2 hours. By now, you should be able to smell the awesome goodness of this meal everywhere in your house. Your neighbors might even be knocking on your door.

Use a ladle or a large spoon to serve the stew. Leave on low so it stays warm. You will have many going back for seconds I can assure you.

Serve with homemade bread or rolls. Tell everyone it took you 6 hours to make it. Just don't mention you spend 4 of those hours on Facebook.

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