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    Basic Beef Stew

    Basic Beef Stew. Photo by HappyWife313

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    3 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    3 hrs

    HappyWife313's Note:

    Found this on the Trader Joe's website and made it my own. It was my first time making a stew and it came out delicious! I know there are more extravagant beef stew recipes, but this was really easy to make. Hope you enjoy.

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    1. 1
      Season flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in flour.
    2. 2
      Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet. Brown meat in two batches. Place browned meat in slow cooker.
    3. 3
      Add remaining oil (1 tbsp) to the heated skillet and cook carrots, celery, onion & potatoes for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place sautéed vegetables in crock pot on top of meat.
    4. 4
      Pour broth (and wine if using) into skillet and stir to deglaze the pan. Pour mixture over meat and vegetables.
    5. 5
      Add thyme, cover and cook on the high setting for 2 hours. Drop the temperature to the low setting and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 hours, or until meat is fork tender. (The recipe stated that you could also do the entire cooking process on low for 6-8 hours -- I did the entire cooking process in 3 hours on high, which is why I listed the cooking time as 3 hours).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 15, 2012


      I used beef broth and red wine in this and added a clove of garlic and some fresh mushrooms. At the last moment I also threw in some frozen peas. I cooked it for 8 hours on low. The meat was nice and tender and the flavor was excellent. Thanks for sharing. Made for Spring PAC 2012.

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    • on April 10, 2012


      The only thing I did different from the recipe was that I didn't use the thyme. It's not our favorite spice/herb. Instead I put in about 1/2 teaspoon of ground sage, which has a similar taste but a bit milder. My DH loved it so much he had me save the one serving which was left for his lunch tomorrow. This was a very good flavored stew. Since I prefer to have Beef Stew have a rich brown color I will add some kitchen bouquet next time. Thanks for a nice dinner. Made for PAC Spring 2012.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Beef Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (252 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 354.4
    Calories from Fat 113
    Total Fat 12.6 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 72.5 mg
    Sodium 372.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 3.1 g
    Protein 30.0 g

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