Enjoy a hearty bowl of beef stew. Make it in your slow cooker (aka crock-pot).
Let the aroma of this delicious dish fill your home and your tummy when you get home from work!
Please take a moment to read the note at the bottom of the page regarding adding more stock—if you have to leave this dish unattended during the day.
This recipe contains dehydrated onions, carrots, potatoes, celery and garlic (and FRESH beef). You don't need to re-hydrate the veggies prior to slow-cooking. Just make sure to keep your eye on it during the day as mentioned above
If you have to leave it unattended, it's always best to add "too much" stock than not enough.
If, upon your return home you have too much stock, do this:
Drain off the excess stock, put it in a small saucepan. In a separate jug: add a small amount of water and add flour or cornstarch to it. Mix well. Add this flour/water mix to the stock in the pan and bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes to cook the flour. Save this thickened meaty sauce for biscuit-dipping or pouring over boiled spuds!
Beef stew is a hearty dish that has its roots in peasant cuisine. It was traditionally made with whatever meat and vegetables were on hand. Over time, it has evolved into the dish we know and love today. Beef stew typically contains beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery cooked in a rich broth. It is then thickened with flour or cornstarch and typically served with bread or biscuits.
The best cuts of meat for beef stew are the tougher, cheaper cuts like chuck roast or round steak. These cuts of meat are high in collagen, which breaks down into gelatin during cooking. This makes the stew nice and thick. It also gives the meat a more rich and flavorful taste.
salt* and pepper to taste
I make this beef stew in a slow-cooker—how easy is that?
*IF you need to add salt, do so, BUT be careful NOT to over-salt as the bouillon has salt in it.
You can see how much the stock/water level reduced to make the thick gravy; that's why it's important to make sure you add enough stock in the first place!
Crock pots are great for simmering stews all day. You get to enjoy a nourishing meal at day's end.
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Irish stew is a variation of beef stew that is popular in Ireland. It typically contains lamb or mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions, and fresh herbs.
Some recipes also call for the addition of Guinness Stout, giving it a rich and flavorful taste.
Irish stew is typically served with boiled potatoes and crusty bread.
Brunswick Stew is a traditional Southern dish that is popular in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. It is typically made with chicken, pork, or beef, vegetables, and a tomato-based sauce.
Brunswick Stew is traditionally cooked in a large pot over an open fire. This gives it a smoky flavor that is unique and delicious.
I recall dining out and enjoying a bowl of Brunswick Stew... they'd hollowed out a round bread 'bowl' and poured in the stew so nothing went to waste. Delicious memory!