I made this recipe and added 2 tsp. beef bouillon for flavor. Still feel it was lacking something. Will try again and add some different spices to help wake it up a bit. 7 hours with my crock pot on low was perfect.
This wasn't as good as my stovetop recipe but it was good enough for when crockpot is the only way I will get dinner on the table. It is very healthy but a little bland. I think spicy V-8 might be a good choice--or maybe a bay leaf. It is a good starting point for a good recipe so thank you for submitting.
I have made this, I don't know, 3-4 times since I found this recipe last October. I, too, cut the potatoes into quarters or even sixths, just depending on the size of the tater. I use baby carrots and just cut them in half, using enough to make a complete layer across the taters. I trim up the beef a little more and cut the pieces smaller than the butcher, just my preference. Someone posted about using the dredging in a baggie method and warned about not getting the excess flour into the pan, and I wanted to say thank you so much for that tip! I use the reduced-sodium V8 juice, although I'm anxious to try it with my sister's homemade V8 juice (good stuff). About an hour before dinner, I mix it up good and throw in an envelope of McCormick brown gravy mix and stir it in. This is soooo good with a big ol' honkin' piece of sourdough bread on a cold and snowy winter night. Thank you so so so much for sharing this!!
My SO asked if I would make stew for dinner,so I made this one on 1/07/08.With my crockpot running hot,even on low it was done in about 5 hours.I personally liked the taste,just need to add a little bit more pepper next time.And far as I'm concerned there will be a next time.Thanks for posting,and "Keep Smiling :)"
We absolutely loved it! I did add about 1/4 cup of dry red wine after I browned the beef. And tossed in about 1 tsp. of herbes de provence. Very easy!
Just okay for us. The gravy didn't thicken at all and we thought the overall flavor was lacking.
Absolutely perfect! I really love this recipe. It's simple, nutritious & delicious. A real winter comfort dish that goes down a treat. I used baby potatoes & kept my carrots quite chunky. I also used a tin of diced tomatoes. I really appreciated how I could prepare this before work & then come home & sit down to a hearty meal with the family after work. A keeper for me. Thank you Shirl :)
This recipe certainly is different than the other crockpot stew recipes I have tried. I was a little worried it wasn't going to cook right since you didn't combine the ingredients and the liquid amount of liquid was so small, but it did. I used diced tomatoes and they added an interesting dimension to the stew. My gravy was also rather lumpy so there are a few things I will do differently next time. The way I coat the stew meat with flour was to add both of them to a ziploc bag and shake. Next time I'll make sure that only the coated meat goes in the pan and none of the 'extra' flour. There was not enough oil to absorb it all so it really didn't brown as much as turn to a gummy paste. I think the excess dry flour is what made the gravy so lumpy. I also cut my potatoes into 8th since I couldn't imagine serving a stew with half potatoes in it. ;) My husband ate the stew "as is" and liked how it wasn't flavored with herbs and/or spices. My son added a little A1 Sauce to his and my daughter and I added some ketchup. Because it is so basic, it allows everyone to season it as they like at the table. I served it with hot Yeast Biscuits. Thanks for sharing!
We made it last weekene. This was absolutely devine! and so easy to put together -not too many ingredients. I am defrosing some stew beef overngiht to make it again tomorrow.
This was so good DH and DD enjoyed it. I did not have on hand V-8 juice so I used a can of diced tomatoes and add some worcestershire sauce about a tablespoon. I will be doing this one again thank you Shirl (J) 831 for putting this up.