Finished bowl of stew

Beef stew is one of those comfort foods that is homey and perfect for a cold evening. This is the easiest way I have found to make a pot of stew that’s ready for dinner. Add a loaf of bread and good conversation and a nice dinner is on the way.

Brown a package of stew meat. I usually go over it and cut it into smaller bits and remove any fatty pieces. Make sure to get it nice and brown. It’s a good idea to do it in small batches so it browns instead of simmering in its own liquid.

Browning the stew meat

Once it’s browned, dredge it in flour and dump it in the crockpot.

Dredge the meat

You can use a fork, but I don’t mind getting my hands dirty so I use my fingers. This makes my Beloved crazy.

Don't mind getting my hands dirty

Deglaze the pan with red wine or sherry. Pour it over the meat mixture.

Deglazing the pan

Cut up several large potatoes (red potatoes are our favorite) and add some carrots. If we have baby carrots I use those, but the kids went on a carrot binge this week so I used frozen carrots for this stew. One of those handy things to have in the freezer – buy them when they have the 10 for $10 sales.

Ready in the crock pot

I also chunk up an onion and add that, and if I have any mushrooms, those are good as well. I just rinse them quickly and add them whole.  Add some beef stock (a cup or two – not too much) and a big spoonful of minced garlic. Give it a quick stir and plop the lid on.

Since this is a meal that only requires a few minutes of hand on time I usually make oatmeal bread or something to go with it. There’s not much that makes a house smell better than beef stew and homemade bread. Your family just might rise up and call you blessed. 🙂

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