Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So Stew Me

You'll have to forgive the lack of pictures in this post, but I didn't decide to do a recipe post until I got asked for it on Instagram (yeah you Kristina :D).  I knew the weather was fixing to get cold so I grabbed some stew meat at the store. I knew I wanted leftovers and would be feeding at least three of us, so I chose the two pound package.

I pulled out my trusty, beautiful orange crock pot and got to work.  I usually don't brown my meat before but I decided to this time.  I used salt and pepper and garlic powder on the meat, then I put olive oil in a hot skillet, tossed my meat in a package of brown gravy mix and just cooked the meat until it was brown on the outside.  In the mean time, I chopped two onions in pretty big pieces, six potatoes into smaller pieces and threw it all in the crock pot with a small bag of baby carrots.  Then, I put the meat on top, a little more salt and pepper and three bay leaves because it's my favorite herb ever.  I poured a can of chicken stock, a can of water and a packet of Au Jus mix, stirred it all about..wait... that's the Hokey-Pokey...  Normally, I shy away from chicken stock in beef dishes because I feel like it will be too chicken-y but you can't really tell a difference.

I cooked mine on high for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.  It didn't get really thick like some stews, though, I did add a cornstarch/milk/Worchestershire sauce slurry to mine to give it a little more body.  I served it along side some individual French loaves that I buttered and put under the broiler.  We had plenty of leftovers, Wilder went crazy for the carrots and we full and happy.

You can obviously add the seasonings you like, but I play down my spices when I know I'm feeding children.

  • 2lbs stew meat
  • 6 Russet potatoes
  • 1 bag baby carrots 
  • 1 packet of brown gravy mix
  • 1 packet Au Jus mix
  • bay leaves
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chicken stock
  • Worchestershire sauce
You can also cook it on low for 8-10 hours, I always just test the vegetables as I go.  Enjoy!


ramblings from an insomniac said...

hiya :)

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