Be aware that this is the EXACT recipe that is printed in the booklet that comes with a new crockpot. It's easy enough, but they call for too much flour, it's a little pasty-tasting to me. Luckily, I made a test batch before I cooked for guests or I would have been embarrassed. Cut the flour amount down to about 1/2 and add more pepper. I've found that browning the beef first seals it and makes it taste better.
cut down on flour and brown the meat first
I tossed the meat in flour (reduced to about 1 tablespoon of flour), salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Then browned the meat in 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Removed the meat from sauce pan, added 4 cloves of garlic, minced, and 1 chopped onion, browned them. Deglazed with about 1/2 cup of red wine. Poured everything into the crock pot and added 1 small can of tomato paste and another 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Then followed the rest of the directions. Served this with a salad and crusty bread. The family loved this beef stew. They wanted more potatoes (but my crock pot was already full). I will make this again. Thank you.
This was the first recipe I tried from Recipezaar and it was wonderful. I read all the comments and did brown the meat first - that was a great suggestion. Also, it was easy, most of the ingredients I actually had on hand, and I will definitely make it again!
Very tasty! I must admit that I did the modifications listed in many of the comments: beefy onion soup mix (instead of flour--I didn't add as much salt because of this), no bay leaf, I kept celery in the recipe, but I didn't have Kitchen Bouquet or paprika. I included baby carrots and potatoes about halfway through the cooking so that they won't be mushy, and I browned the beef in the broiler oven prior to starting the stew.
i put carrots in instead of celery and served with french bread. it was the best beef stew that i ever had. Great!!!!!!
great. a true traditional beef stew recipe ~~
Confession time- I didn't make this, my DH did. Even so, it tasted really good. He pretty much stuck with the recipe except that he added some carrots, and didn't use the Kitchen Bouquet (didn't have any), and only used 1 onion. It was nicely flavorful and hearty; served with corn muffins.
Followed recipe has given by Ellen and have to say it was the best beef stew I ever had.My husband really liked it-and for him to say so is something in its self.Wonderful!
The ratio of meat to vegetable is way too high. I would increase the amount of veggies 2 times and decrease the meat to 1lb. Then I would leave out the bay leave, but add a can of cream of mushroom soup.