Happy Super Tuesday! Today is the day that will set the course of American history forever. Or so I’m told. Usually during a voting day my husband and I are glued to some 24hr news channel, but tonight is the next episode in the OJ Simpson miniseries, soooo… yeah, we might just wait until the morning to find out what happened.
Hey, you know what’s awesome? Crockpots. Minimal work, tons of patience (or forgetfulness, either one) and a huge, delicious pay-off. I have a feeling that my crockpot is going to become very important in my immediate future, for reasons I’ll let you know about in a few weeks. But before you think that this recipe is going to involve just chopping up and throwing in, think again. When it comes to beef stew, you CAN just throw stuff in, including raw meat, but guess what. Your meat is going to be gray. Delicious, but gray. Humans eat first with their eyes, so browning the beef before throwing it in is crucial to making sure your stew looks as good as it tastes.
In the last few chilly days of winter, this stew will get you through! Save it for a busy day by pinning this pic!
Recipe adapted from Fresh Family Meals.
- • 2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
- • 1 tsp Salt
- • 1 tsp pepper
- • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- • 6oz can tomato paste
- • 32oz vegetable broth
- • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- • 2 cups chopped carrots
- • 4-5 small red potatoes,cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
- • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- • 1 teaspoon oregano
- • 4 springs of fresh thyme
- • 2 cups frozen peas
- • 1/4 cup flour
- • 1/4 cup water
- In a large pan heat cooking oil (just enough to coat the pan) over medium heat. Add stew meat and brown on all sides.
- Combine browned beef, carrots, onion, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, thyme sprigs, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and tomato paste in the crock pot.
- Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 6-7 hours.
- About 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and the water together in a small dish and pour into the crockpot. Mix until well combined.
- Next add in your frozen peas.
- Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove thyme springs and serve.