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Slow Cooker Beef Stew: Half Crocked # Foodie Friday


Beef Stew: Half Crocked: simplelivingeating.com

As a child I would sometimes eat over my Irish friend Colleen's house. Her mom made a delicious beef stew. In honor of St. Patrick's Day I would like to share with you my mildly intoxicated and half cooked in a crockpot version of her stew.

Beef Stew: Half Crocked: simplelivingeating.com

Half Crocked Beef Stew
by Diane Balch
Prep time: 45 min Serves 8 - 10
1 onion chopped
4 celery sticks chopped
4 carrots chopped
6 potatoes peeled and chopped into quarters

1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic minced

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 - 3 pounds beef chuck stew cut  (approximately 2 inch cubes)
Salt and pepper 
1 cup dry red wine

1 teaspoon of thyme
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
6 cups of beef broth
6 tablespoons of All-Purpose flour (plus about 1 tablespoon for flouring the beef) (You can use gluten-free flour)
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 10oz bag of frozen peas
1) Chop onions, celery, carrots, garlic and potatoes. Put vegetables into the crockpot with a bay leaf.
2) In a large mixing bowl whisk thyme, brown sugar, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce with beef broth. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of flour at at time. Pour over vegetables in crockpot. 
3) Heat vegetable oil and butter in a large skillet on medium high heat. 
4) While the skillet is to medium-high heating chop, salt and pepper, and flour all sides of the beef cubes.
Floured Beef
5) Braise all sides of the beef about 1-2 minutes per side. The inside should not be cooked you are just browning the outside of the meat. Make sure you brown all sides, no red should be showing. Put braised meat aside in a bowl.

Braising Beef
6) Pour the red wine into the skillet and turn the heat up to high. Scrap the skillet with a spatula while mixing and reducing the wine approximately 3 minutes. 

Red wine reduction

7) Pour this reduction over the beef and add all of it to the crockpot.

NOTE: If you do not have time to braise the meat add it uncooked into the crockpot and pour in 1/2 cup of wine over it. 

8) Add peas about 30 minutes before you plan on serving the stew. Turn pot on to high for cooking for 4 - 6 hours or low for cooking 8 - 10 hours. 

9) The stew is ready when the meat is tender and the potatoes are easily puncture with a fork.

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  1. Your Beef Stew looks delicious. Hope you have a great St. Patrick's Day week end and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you for participating... I love your meal plan. You make such healthy comfort food. I wish I could come to dinner at your home. Happy St. Patrick's Day

  2. That looks really yummy! We stocked up and are prepared for a lot of crockpot cooking over the next month. We're going to try this tomorrow.

  3. We've got your beef stew simmering in the crockpot and on the final stages. Smells so good!

  4. Your beef stew looks lovely! I like using red wine in beef stews and the spices you have used sound wonderful.

    1. The red wine is essential to the recipe. The spices I used are basic. Uou can as Emerill says, "Kick it up a notch." by putting stronger spices in this stew if you want a less traditional taste. Thanks for your interest.

  5. Hi Diane! This stew looks so yummy. It is cold and raining here in England so I could really use a hearty stew like this! Pinning and thanks for sharing.

    1. You are very welcome Helen. Yes, this my favorite rainy day stew.


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