Slow cookers not only produce mouth watering meals, but they are a gift from the heavens for those who may not have much time to cook (or are lazy like me)! :) So as you can imagine, once I heard that this weeks post for the FN Dish blog needed to be a slow-cooker meal, I was more than ready to partake!
Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Ingredients (please note, I always end up just tossing ingredients in and do not measure them exactly, so these are approximate amounts):
-1 onion chopped
-1 cup celery, chopped
-2 cups carrots, chopped
-1 15oz can diced tomatoes
-Approximately 1 1/2 - 2 cups fingerling potatoes or chopped potatoes (can leave the skin on - just clean them)
-2 lbs beef for stew, cubed
-2 cups beef broth
-1 beef bouillon cube (you can use vegetable bouillon if you cannot find or do not have a beef cube)
-Parsley for sprinkling
-Salt and pepper to taste
**1 or more tablespoons of flour for thickening
Prepare all of the ingredients and set your slow-cooker to cook for at least 8-10 hours.
Place the onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and beef in the pot. Season with salt and pepper and a little sprinkle of parsley. Pour in the beef broth, and then fill the rest of the pot with water until just all of the ingredients are covered. Toss in the beef bouillon cube, cover the pot, and let cook!
**If you want a thicker beef stew, then mix a tablespoon of flour with a little water and add to the pot. The more flour you add, the thicker the stew will become. I recommend adding up to 1/4 cup of flour if you want a thicker stew. My photos show what the stew looks like with just one tablespoon of flour.
Important: Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you may have a hard time fitting in all of the ingredients. When I had my smaller cooker I would leave out the potatoes for a few hours until the other ingredients had time to cook and reduce down. Potatoes will cook fast so it is okay for them to be tossed in a few hours later if needed.