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Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Stew


Slow-Cooker Beef and Vegetable Stew

2 T vegetable oil, divided

3 lb beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 medium onions, diced

1/4 t salt

6 oz can tomato paste

2 T soy sauce

1 1/2 c beef broth

1/2 c red wine

1 t dried thyme, divided

2 bay leaves

2 T Minute tapioca

1 T olive oil

2 large Russet potatoes, cubed

3 stalks celery, sliced into 1/4 inch thick moons

2 c diced carrot

2 c frozen peas

Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in medium stockpot until it is shimmering hot. Work in batches and sear beef on several sides, then remove to slow-cooker. After browning and removing all the beef, heat another tablespoon of vegetable oil and then add onions and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to pan. Cook over medium-high heat until onions begin to brown. Add tomato paste and stir constantly for one minute, then add soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, wine and beef broth. Whisk to combine, then pour over beef in slow-cooker. Add tapioca and bay leaf.

In a separate bowl toss carrots potatoes and celery with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme. Tear a sheet of aluminum foil that is roughly twice as wide as your slow-cooker. Place vegetables on aluminum foil and then fold over, crimping aluminum foil to seal. Put vegetable pack directly on top of beef in slow-cooker. Replace lid and cook on high for 6-7 hours.

Carefully open aluminum foil packet and stir roasted vegetables along with 2 cups of frozen peas into beef. 

Printable version here

Notes: Sorry for the lack of posts recently; nothing reduces ones desire to cook (or eat for that matter) faster than a sinus infection. For two weeks everything tasted like dust.

I have lots of recipes for stew and I like them all for different reasons. This was particularly nice when I didn't feel well because after an initial rally to get the beef done I didn't have to worry about dinner again all day. The techniques of using the tapioca as a thickener and of putting the vegetables in aluminum foil are both compliments of Cook's Country. Patrick liked this recipe, Caroline and Edward did not. I had lots of leftover stew so I put it into mini loaf pans and covered it with a pie crust and froze it to have as pot pies later. 



Looks yummy! Do you add the wine in with the beef broth, or later? I love the idea of using the leftovers for pot pies.

Oh, I do hope you post the pot pie with baking instructions when you make them too! I would totally make pot pie with the leftovers (if there were any) and it's not something I've had since I was a kiddo. And even then I'm pretty sure they were from the grocer's freezer and not my mom's oven.

I'm so happy you posted today. I've missed you. Scrambled is the first blog I check for because I've tried everything you've posted and it's all been so yummy that I can't wait for the next. I figure if you can do it with three young children, and a real life, I can too. You write in such a beautiful way that I am inspired to cook.

Oooh, thanks for this. I've been looking for a good slow cooker beef stew recipe and this one seems to fit all of our requirements. Hope your sinuses are unclogged by now.

Mmmm...this looks delicious. I love beef stew done in a crockpot because the beef becomes so wonderfully tender.

This sounds good, but why are the veggies put in foil?

I never thought of putting piecrust over leftover stew. Duh. That's totally brilliant. Thanks.

This is cooking in my crock pot right now and it's going to drive me mad to wait until 6 p.m. to eat. (I added the wine with the beef broth - hope that's right!)

Question . . . assuming I don't use wine with my food do I just increase the beef broth? Thanks!

Okay, I didn't make this, but I made the tomato soup. THANK YOU. I will never eat canned again.

Very timely post, my fridge died and I had two roasts thawed with nothing to do with them. The stew is in the crockpot, the dead fridge is replaced and all is right with the world. Can't wait to eat, smells wonderful, thanks for the recipe.

This was heavenly, a definite keeper. I think this will be my go-to stew recipe from now on!

Been checking daily for new posts!!

please send food.stop

Damn. I've been eating beef stew each and every night since, well since just before Thanksgiving! My iron count rivals Popeye and I've put on 17 pounds. I love your cooking ideas...have any more to share? Or should I just go ahead and buy that cow?

Missing your recipes so much..

hello fellas, I just want to emphasize the good work on this blog, has excellent views and a clear vision of what you are looking for. so good recipe!!!

Where are you? I am so hungry!

I want more recipes too... please?

'Cause we've been hitting fast food WAY more than I'd like, lately...

How often does the average American eat fast food per week?

Please post please post please post!

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