First of all a HUGE thank you to all of you who submitted your slow cooker recipes over the weekend! Even though I have like 3720483 to choose from, keep ’em coming! You can submit your favorites in a form in this post: Slow Cooker Recipes, Please!
Here’s the full recipe, and below are some pretty pictures of what you’ll need. You may notice that some of the ingredients didn’t make it to the photos. This was a work in progress, with the help of my hubby, so we adjusted the recipe as it was cooking. Here’s the final recipe that I (I mean…”we”…hehe) recommend…
- 2 lbs of Beef, chopped…you can usually buy pre-cut beef stew at the grocery store. Be sure to look for beef that is well marbled with fat as that’s what will make it melt in your mouth with flavor after slowly cooking for 8 glorious hours!
- 4 Carrots
- 3 stalks of Celery
- 4 small Potatoes
- 1 large Onion
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 2 tsps Paprika
- 4 Garlic cloves
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 tsps Salt
- 2 tsps Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Seasoned Salt
- 2 Tbsps Soy Sauce
- 2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce…I’m now exhausted from trying to learn the correct spelling of that, by the way.
- 1 1/2 cups Beef Broth
- 1/2 cup red wine…I used a Cabernet Sauvignon – slightly dry with just the right hint of sweetness.
Peel and chopychop up the onion, garlic, and veggies! This takes a while so get the music playin, wine pourin, and hips movin! This may sound odd, but peeling and chopping veggies are actually two of my favorite things about cooking in my kitchen. It’s…it’s kind of why many of us loved coloring in elementary school (or…um…last week) – it’s therapeutic. It’s simple. It’s also (usually) an un-rushed step that allows us to just zone out and relax while preparing something glorious. No T.V. or iPhones…we’re using our hands and creating something to feed our souls. I just LOVE it!
Mix your dry ingredients together: flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and seasoned salt.
Lay the beef across the bottom of the slow cooker, then drizzle the dry ingredient mixture over the beef. Then…get your hands ready…’cause you’re goin’ in!!!
Rrrraaawrrrr…get on in there with your hands!!! You’ll want to coat the beef completely in the flour mixture.
Add the chopped onion, veggies, garlic, and bay leaf to the top:
Time to add in the lovely flavorful moisture of beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce:
Mix it up a bit one last time, set the slow cooker on LOW, and let it do it’s thang for around EIGHT HOURS. Ahhhhh how glorious. I could drive down to Dallas, TX and BACK in that time! If you’re able to though, I recommend stirring it a couple times to make sure the flavor and juices are distributing evenly.
Okay one last thing – ya gotta add a crunch to this. Get some toast or ideally a slice of a baguette, toast it up, and drizzle a little butter overtop. It was heavenly, and the perfect solution to soaking up the stew broth as you savor each and every bite. The beef just melts away with each bite, the veggies are perfect, and the spices marry beautifully!
Enjoy, friends! Let me know how the recipe turned out for you!
Happy slow cookin 🙂