Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Das Stew

On New Year's Eve, I made a delicious beef stew in the slow cooker. I started with this stew recipe, and sushi'd it up. I've been wanting to cook a stew (with carrots - in season this month!) and this was perfect!

beef stew


2 lbs chuck roast, cubed

3 cans beef consommé + water to equal 4 cups
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried parsley
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp pepper
dash of paprika

6 small potatoes, chopped
6 small carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped

4 tsp cornstarch
4 tsp water

I mixed flour with salt and pepper, dredged the meat in it and then browned them in butter. I browned the meat in three batches, to make sure each piece had lots of space. I think it's best to do this on a fairly high heat, so they get nice and browned on the outside quickly and don't cook too far in.

Once done, I drained off most of the butter then poured some consommé into the pan to pick up the nice little bits cooked on to the bottom. I poured all the consommé in to the slow cooker with the rosemary, parsley, bay leaves, pepper, salt and paprika then placed the meat in.

I cooked that all on high for a few hours, then added in the veggies and the cornstarch and left it on high for a few hours longer. Since the recipe was on the stove and I used a slow cooker, I ended up having to add extra cornstarch (4 tsp, instead of 2 called for in the recipe). Next time, I'll probably use one less can of consommé instead. I think I'll probably also use basil butter, add garlic and some thyme.

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We've had the perfect weather for stews and soups and slow cooker cookin' and I'm thinking about picking up The Gourmet Slow Cooker: Simple and Sophisticated Meals from Around the World. Doesn't that sound yummy?


The Hausfrau said...

If you get that cookbook, I'd like to hear what you think about it. I don't have it, but I do have Slow Cooker: the Best Cookbook Ever, by Diane Phillips. So far, I've found a few recipes I really like.

Jennifer said...

I will! It's hard to find slow cooker recipes outside of the comfort food standards...