The Holidays are finally over and the temps are dropping at an extremely impressive rate! (The only other numbers to drop that fast around here would be in my bank account!) The dropping temps mean one thing… it’s the perfect time to share this wonderfully easy and delicious Slow Cooker Beef Stew!
You can make this Slow Cooker Beef Stew two ways…The First, from left over Roast Beef and gravy! (Which at this Nest only would happen if all the menfolk suddenly dropped off the face of the planet!)
It did happen once…when I hid the leftovers from my Hot Open Face Beef Sandwiches!
I love when a meal turns into a BOGO deal! (I guess it’s technically a MOMGO! Make one Meal Get One! Yup…that’s a BIG “MOM GO” Win!)
The Second option, if you don’t have leftover Roast Beef and Gravy, is to make this delicious Old Fashioned Homemade Beef Stew from beginning, cooking the beef with the veggies. Either will work and both will be amazing!
In a 5 quart slow cooker add 1.5 lbs of stew meat OR Add your left over beef and gravy. If you don’t have 1.5 lbs of left over beef…don’t worry! The other ingredients will fill in the gaps.
Add the following:
To the seasonings and the beef Add:
If you’re making this from scratch it should look like the photo with the raw beef, seasonings, and broth.
If you’re making this from leftover beef and gravy, it will look like the photo below with bits of fat already in the broth. (I’m kinda like this photo…little bits of fat in my broth! lol)
Don’t be shy about using those leftovers! Just dump it all in the slow cooker…gravy, meat, and of course the fat! Remember…FAT equals FLAVOR! (I’m extremely flavorful! lol)
I think it’s sad when we don’t use and re-purpose leftovers! (Provided they’re not growing green stuff on them! I have my limitations!)
It’s no wonder our Great-Grandparents, who survived the depression, are stunned by our waste of food! They’d stand in lines to get a hot bowl of soup and a slice of bread!
We are truly blessed to have so much and it should be used rather than thrown out! This recipe allows you to do just that. Get creative in the kitchen! You’d be surprised what you can use to create entirely new meals for your family out of leftovers!
Okay…I’ll step down off my soap box now! Back to Stew making…
Add 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables. 1 1/2 cups of whole baby carrots, 2 large Yukon Gold Potatoes washed and cubed.
Add in 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley.
Stir, Cover, and Cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on how your individual slow cooker cooks… until meat, potatoes, and carrots are tender. Your house will smell heavenly all day as this savory stew cooks. You’ll start to warm up with the anticipation of dinner!
The last hour of cooking…
Whisk together 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of corn starch until smooth. Add to beef stew. This will thicken the broth making it more of a “stew” than a “soup”.
Stir until well mixed. Cover and allow to finish cooking until broth is thick! Be sure to stir occasionally during that last hour.
This is a “True Stew” in every sense of the word! All the necessary ingredients are there…and then some!
Stews have been around since 4th Century A.D. So I think it’s safe to say…they’re not going anywhere! (That was your history lesson for the day! Pat yourself on the back! Hooray us!)
I can’t think of a rich hearty bowl of stew like this and not think of Early English Peasants or Cowboys out on the prairie. It’s a one bowl meal loaded with everything a body needs to sustain it.
Richly seasoned broth is loaded with big chunks of tender beef and scrumptious vegetables to create this delectable Slow Cooker Beef Stew.
Throw in a thick slice of buttery toasted Sour Dough Bread and you have everything you need to warm you up and melt away those winter blues.
Find a big spoon, dig in, and Enjoy!
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