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Best Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe
So I’ve had this package of stew beef in the deep freeze staring me in the face every time I go in there for something. I always feel bad for never choosing it, but I’ve never made stew before and was never really one to go “Yea! Stew! Awesome!”. My mother used to make stew when I was a kid — by pouring it out of a can and heating it up. She didn't really like cooking. But I do!
I don't have a stew recipe, but I've made roast before so I figured it couldn't be that different. I was a bit nervous, and I took pictures the whole way wondering if I was actually going to end up sharing this recipe and using them. I'm glad I did, because it was awesome! I made sure to write everything down so I could share it if it was good, so without further adieu here is one yummy beef stew recipe that will make you go "Yea! Stew! Awesome!".
1 pkg of stew beef (mine was .45kg (about 1 lb)) if it comes in large pieces like mine did, cut the larger pieces so that you end up with bite sized chunks of meat
1/2 cup of flour
2 t of seasoning salt
1/8 t of pepper
1 t of paprika
1/4 t of thyme
1/2 t of sage
3 T of butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 cups of beef broth
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of red wine
2 bay leaves
A pinch of red pepper flakes
2 Lg stalks of celery, chopping to your liking
2 - 3 Lg carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely into pieces about the same size or slightly smaller than the size of your meat chunks
3 med or 2 Lg (or maybe even 2sm and 1Lg) potatoes, peeled and chopped coarsely into sizable pieces, about the size or slightly smaller than the pieces of meat
1/2 cup peas (I used frozen peas)
Salt and pepper to taste
Turn your crock pot on high to preheat
In a sizable plastic container (or a deep dish if you don't have one) combine the flour, seasoning salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and sage. Put the lid on and shake it around (insert silly fun here) to mix it well. (If you're using a deep dish, simply mix it thoroughly with a whisk or fork)
Set aside 1/3 cup of the flour mixture for later
Put the meat into the container, put the lid on and shake it all about to cover the meat completely. (I did 1/2, and then the other 1/2 rather than all at once)
Heat a skillet on high and add the butter and garlic. Move the garlic around a bit while you wait for the butter to melt completely so it doesn't burn. When the butter is completely melted, add all of the meat pieces. Move them around to sear them on all sides.
(If there's a little bit of pink showing on some of the pieces that's ok. We're just looking for 95% seared here)
Remove the meat from the pan and place into the crock pot.
Put 1 cup of the beef broth into the pan on low and stir to remove all the bits from the bottom of the pan (They're chalk full of deliciousness)
Once that's done pour the pan broth into the crock pot. Add the other cup of broth, the water, wine, bay leaves, red pepper flakes and celery.
Cover and cook 1 hour
Add the carrots, potatoes and peas. Cover and cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
When the veggies are to your liking, remove the stew ingredients to a large bowl leaving the liquid in the pot, and remove the bay leaves.
Add the reserved 1/3 cup of seasoned flour from the beginning, to the liquid in the pot. Add it in small amounts and whisk thoroughly so no lumps of flour remain. When it's all added and whisked to greatness, add the stew ingredients back in to the pot and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
As a side note, this goes extremely well with dinner rolls.
If you want something you can leave to cook while you're at work, after searing the meat throw everything else into the crock pot on low for the day, minus the reserved flour, the salt and pepper which you can add when you get home.
Voila! You have a very yummy beef stew recipe you can make in your crock pot!