Crock Pot Stew Made Easy
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How to Make the Stew
Get out your crock pot. Here comes another easy recipe! You will need meat for the stew, preferably lean. I season my simmering meat with Worchestershire sauce. Just a little of this sauce adds a lot of flavor! Sometimes stew meat is expensive in the grocery store and I choose a nice sirloin steak to use for my stew instead. Four potatoes, two carrots, and a nice sized onion will serve as your fresh vegetables for your dish. In addition, you will need some green beans and corn, either canned or frozen. Feel free to add any vegetables that your family enjoys. Last, you will need a small can of tomato soup.
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How To Cook Your Stew
I find the stew meat purchased in the store is often cut in large pieces. My first task is to slice the large pieces of meat into chewable pieces. Saute' your meat gently until it is looks fairly done. You don't want to overcook it as it will spend plenty of time in the crock pot. I added a couple of teaspoons of Worchestershire sauce to season the meat while cooking.
While the meat is simmering, chop your vegetables. Dump the prepared vegetables into the crock pot, then add your simmered meat. Continue to add the corn and green beans. Pour the dried sauce mixes into the crock pot followed by the tomato soup. Fill the tomato soup can twice with water and add to the stew mixture for moisture. The vegetables will add their own liquid as they cook. Add pepper as needed.
Stew Simmering All Day
I always start my crock pot at a high temperature unless I begin preparing dinner very early in the morning. Ten hours in the crock pot at a low temperature is sufficient for most recipes. I started this particular stew late in the morning.
If you are a late starter too, turn the crock pot on high and leave it for several hours. I turned my crock pot to a low temperature after three hours. The stew was hot and bubbling at this point. Let it simmer for several more hours.
You have a healthy meal which takes about thirty minutes to prepare for less than $12. Bake some corn bread, muffins or serve some cheese toast as a side dish and dinner is served! Enjoy your new dish!