"For I was hungry & you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink..."

Matthew 25:35

Monday, January 11, 2010

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew
1 1/2 lbs beef stew chunks
2 cups water
3 beef boullion cubes
2 tsp worchestire sauce
3 medium potatoes (peeled & cut into chunks)
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp basil
1tsp onion powder
2 bay leaves
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 can corn (not drained)
2 cloves garlic- minced

toss the beef into the crock pot & toss with the sea salt, pepper & flour- make sure to coat the meat.
then add the water & boullion cubes (no need to mix them, the cubes will break down while the stew cooks)
add the potatoes & the rest of the seasonings- then add the can of corn (inluding the juices in the can)
mix together (leaving the meat at the bottom, so mainly the top layer)
turn the crock pot on LOW for about 10-12 hours.
stir & serve with some thick bread (may i suggest some beer bread?)

p.s. you may notice that we don't really do cooked veggies in this house. no carrots or onions in our stew (we do like celery but i forgot to by some, hence the celery salt)- but you can throw in veggies if you want. no need to adjust the water because the veggies will give off ther own, but you'll want to cut out at least 1 of the potatoes- maybe even 2.

also, if the stew isn't thick enough, add some cornstarch (mix it with water first) not more flour!
lastly- some people like to brown their meat before throwing it in the stew- i'm one of those people- however, i didn't do that here because this is EASY beef stew. so in my book, EASY = less work, less dishes, less cooking- etc etc. but if you want to brown your meat first, be my guest!
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