Beef Stew for Days

February 11, 2013

Pete and I love cooking together, especially when we are trying something out for the first time or implementing a new recipe we have stewed up (get it?). Our favorite is rummaging through the spice cabinet and picking out the seasonings that would best suit the dish. Then we move on to whatever else the kitchen holds...will we add those canned veggies in the pantry, or what about the frozen chicken in the freezer? It can be a lot of fun creating a meal and that's exactly what we did for dinner last night. (Our beef stew recipe at the bottom!)
Beef Stew:
You'll Need:
    • 3 cans beef broth (we used Swanson)
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • Pot roast (we opted for precut chunks)
    • 2 TBSP all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
    • Olive oil for drizzling 
    • 2 good splashes worcestershire sauce
    • 1 medium onion
    • 4 small potatoes
    • 2 cups cut carrots
    • 2 stalks chopped celery
    • 2 cups frozen green beans
    • 1 TBSP salt
    • 1 tsp thyme
    • 1/2 tsp veggie pepper
What you'll Do:
    • Use the olive oil to drizzle in a pan. In a plastic bag, put the flour and cubed meat; shake to coat each piece. Place in the pan and cook until done. Then put into crock-pot off to the side.
    • Chop onion (into whatever size you prefer) and put in the pan previously used for the meat. Add one can of beef broth and let the onion cook until translucent on medium-high heat. Once those are cooked, add them + the broth to the crock-pot.
    • In the same pan add the remaining two cans of broth and combine with the seasonings and worcestershire sauce. Let that heat up and then add to the crock-pot. Add the 2 1/2 cups of water next.
    • After chopping up the vegetables, add them to the crock-pot. Let the stew cook on high for an hour. Once the hour has passed, cook it on low for approximately 4 hours. 
    • While the stew is cooking, pay attention to the thickness of the broth mixture. About two hours into the cooking process, combine a small amount of cold water with 1 TBSP of cornstarch, in a separate bowl. After stirring together, add the cornstarch mixture to the crock-pot (stirring while doing so). Repeat this as many times as needed to reach desired thickness.
    • Now make some cheesy biscuits and enjoy!