Prep 45 mins
Cook 4 hrs
I love beef stew. I am not fond of canned stew and have read many recipes and finally just took a little from one and a little from another and just added the things I like. This one my family loved so it's a keeper!
- 3 large potatoes, peeled,diced
- 1 cup sliced carrot
- 1 1⁄2 lbs beef stew meat, cut up bite sized
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
- 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- Place diced potatoes and sliced carrots in a large microwave safe bowl, cover and cook in microwave for six minutes until potatoes are partially cooked.
- Heat oil in a large skillet.
- Place flour in a gallon sized plastic bag and coat meat.
- Brown meat in skillet.
- (Remaining flour in bag will be used as thickener) Put potatoes and meat in crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Add flour from bag along with enough to make 1/3 of a cup of flour.
- Stir well and let simmer on low for 4 hours.
- If not to desired thickness you may remove cover and turn to high, stir every so often.
- Or add more flour or some cornstarch dissolved in a little water.
Wonderful! What more can I say. I followed the recipe exactly. I did double it - it almost didn't fit in my huge crock pot! I doubled it with the intention of freezing half. No such luck. My family saw to it that there was none left for freezing!
I didn't pre-cook my potatoes, grate the onion, or add corn. I subbed in fresh baby portobellos, a few chopped carrots, and a few tbsp. of Italian seasoning blend as my spice. For liquid, I used half broth and half dark beer. I was looking for a great basic recipe that allows for customization, and I think this is it! Super hit with a baked loaf the first day, and even better over egg noodles the second. Thanks, Sheri!
Except for the mushrooms, I followed this recipe exactly, and found this an agreeable, great-smelling, easy, "comforty" stew. DH & I agreed not to 5-star it, though, just because we thought it wasn't something we'd find in a restaurant or something we'd make for company. But it's still good home-cookin'!