Friendly Oven Stew

"I call this a friendly oven stew for two reasons - a friend where I used to work gave me the recipe, and it's cook friendly - you can add whatever and how much of any vegetable you want to the basic mix. Keep in mind if you add a large amount of extra veggies, you may need to increase the amount of tomato juice & tapioca. (I suggest 1/2 cup juice and 1/2 tablespoon tapioca per 1 cup veggies). I have also used V-8 successfully for a spicier taste. Remember - NO PEEKING!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 10mins




  • Preheat oven to 325*. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray (for ease of cleaning up). Put the meat in the bottom of the casserole.
  • Add the chopped vegetables. Now is the time to add any & how much of any vegetable you want (I like rutabaga - but no more than 1 cup as it's a stronger-flavoured veg).
  • Sprinkle with tapioca, salt and pepper.
  • Pour in tomato juice & cover tightly with foil before placing casserole lid on.
  • Bake @ 325* for at least 3 1/2 hours (I've gone to 4 hours successfully).
  • Remember not to peek during cooking time (until the end of course!).

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  1. I love this stew! Make this stew, it is everything stew should be, meaty, rich, hearty... except without babysitting it on the stove. You just slice the stuff up, mix it up, stick it in the oven and then at supper time, tada- it's ready!
  2. This makes a stew that can be eaten with a fork. The recipe produced 5 nice servings served with cornbread. I omitted the tapioca as I didn't have any on hand. The onions and beef were browned prior to tossing in the remaining ingredients and a generous sprinkling of Italian seasoning added before covering the top. Everyone really enjoyed it. The only complaint was that there wasn't anymore. Made for *Partying the Diabetic Way*


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