Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Baby it's Cold Outside Stew!

When our high temperatures dropped over 35 degrees, slave thought that a nice cheap hamburger soup would be great to keep the insides warm. However at the store it found that top round roast was cheaper than hamburger. Unbelievable. However when you find something like this go with it!

This still makes a great warm meal and a nice diversion to all of the turkey that this month brings.

2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1½-inch pieces
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 pound small
red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 medium carrots,
peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables.
1 tsp. thyme

Wipe out slow cooker and spray with cooking spray, set heat to low and cover.
Cut up the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and beef.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and brown each side, (about 3 minutes per side).

This step is not about cooking, it is about color! Not just to make it look good, but when the meat browns, it causes chemical changes. This creates natural flavors from the meat that otherwise would not be present.
Remove the beef and let drain on paper towels. Any fats that you can remove now will not float tot he surface of the stew. Place in the cooker and add the potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, onions, and garlic. Stir to combine.

In a medium bowl mix the 1/3 cup flour with thyme, salt and pepper to taste and add 1 cup of the beef broth. Whisk this until well incorporated.
Pour over the mixture in the crock pot and add the other 2 cups of broth.

Let cook on low for 8 hours or on High for about 6 hours. Put the frozen vegetables into the refrigerator to thaw. With a ½ hour to go, add them to the stew. Recover.
Serve with a nice hot crusty bread!

So satisfying to be allowed to serve this to my Master Indy!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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