Needed: Idiot-Proof Slowcooker Beef Stew Recipe
My grocer sells packaged stew meat, so that's an ez start for me. Beef broth or water w/ Louie's Italian Beef seasoning. Add tater, carrot, onion, celery, tomato, (corn, okra, beans, peas, etc...so much for 'fewer' ingredients!).
I guess a couple cans of Dinty Moore would be easier...but, ick.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
5 lbs boneless chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
Salt and ground black pepper
2 onions, chopped
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 cup red wine
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups beef broth
1 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
2 lbs new potatoes
5 carrots, peeled 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tbls minced fresh
1. Sear the beef in a fry pan and add to the slow cooker.
2. Sweat the onions with a little salt over medium heat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook and cook for about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan by adding the red wine and scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour it all into the slow cooker.
3. Add the potatoes and carrots. Make sure they are at the bottom and around the edges of the slow cooker. Add the chicken broth, 1½ cups of the beef broth, thyme, and bay leaves into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 9 - 10 hours or on high for 6 - 7 hours.
4. Remove the potatoes and cut them into more edible size pieces and return them to the cooker. Add the peas and parsley. Make a slurry with the flour and the remaining ½ cup of beef broth and add it to the slow cooker. Set the cooker on high and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings to taste and serve.
Unless you sear the meat, start the onions in the fond that remains, and deglaze the pan, you may as well go with Dinty Moore. If you do the first 3 things, and cook it until the meat is tender, you're home free, and it will be good regardless of what other usual suspect vegetables, seasonings, and liquids you add.
I wouldn't be afraid to add a little of that red wine at the end either... maybe a teaspoon of dijon mustard. Those two things will liven things right up.
And if you don't add salt until the end a little "Better than Bouillon" beef base would help too but you have to be careful because it is pretty salty.
If you would use a pressure cooker you would have a terrific beef stew that is cook and simple and easy. Season you meat a few pieces at a time, brown the meat in the PC,add the liquid...beer, water, wine,stock etc. Lock the lid into p;ace and cook on high 20-25 mins. Reduce the pressure (you have to do this to open the PC. When you have reduced the pressure and can finally open the pot add your veggies. Put the lid back on and bring to high pressure again for appx 8-12 minutes. Voila! Serve and eat.
Here's my favoritest simple beef stew recipe, courtesy of cooks illustrated:
Chimay Beef Stew:
Cube beef into bite size pieces. Slice a ton of onions, and smash a couple heads of garlic.
Brown beef, and saute onions along with a couple tbsp of tomato paste. Add some thyme and pour in a bottle of chimay. Let it stew for a couple hours and it's done. Super simple, ultra delicious.