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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Perfect for Busy Rainy Days

We all have those days when we don't have enough time to make that evening meal but know we have to serve the family something good and filling. This is where the slow cooker comes in use. I also love this recipe on rainy days when the mood is determined by the weather and we know we want to fix something good and filling to cheer the family up. 

3 lbs. (1.5kg) boneless beef chuck, cut to 1 inch cubes
1 cup red cooking wine
1 1/2 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 pound (450g) baby potatoes, rinsed
1/2 butternut squash, seeded, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
Fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (or cilantro, if you prefer)

 Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Salt and pepper the beef and dust with flour. Add beef to the skillet and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. Set beef aside.
Add a bit of red wine to the skillet and scrape down the brown bits on the side. Allow it to simmer and reduce and slowly add beef broth and tomato paste. Whisk well and add the sauce to the slow cooker.
Add beef, potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, onion and garlic to the slow cooker. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and add the bay leaf. Add red wine, give a good stir, cover and cook on low until beef is fork tender for 8-10 hours or high for 6-8 hours. Garnish with fresh parley and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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  1. Hi Angie,
    I struggle with this favorite recipe because of the type of beef.I am taking this recipe with me, Is the beef called "boneless beef chuck?" thanks angie! luara

    1. at times the meet may go by "stew meat" or at least in my area it does


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