If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with making beef stew in your crockpot, this is the recipe you want to make. Trust me. The stew itself has an amazingly rich flavor and the beef is fall apart tender.
This week, the Sunday Supper team is slowing it down. After the craziness of the holiday season, many are looking for recipes to make life simpler. And what better remedy is there for that, than a delicious supper prepared in a crockpot?
To begin, combine a half cup of flour with a teaspoon of pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt in a medium bowl.
For the beef, you’ll want a chuck roast that is about 3 or 4 pounds. Cut the roast into chunks that are about an inch and a half, and trim off any excessive pieces of hard fat.
Place the beef in the bowl with the flour and turn it with you hands to coat the beef well.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil until good and hot. Add in about a third of the beef. You’ll be working in batches so that you don’t crowd it. If the beef is too crowded, the moisture in the beef will not allow the beef to brown as it should. Let the beef sear until beautifully brown, and turn it over to brown the other side.
Meanwhile, take two medium sweet onions and give them a half inch dice.
Look at this pretty sear. As you brown each batch, place them in your crockpot, and move on to the next. Add additional oil as needed.
Back to the veggies. Peel and trim two carrots and two parsnips, then give those and two celery stalks all a half inch dice.
When the beef is all browned, toss three slices of bacon that have been cut into one inch pieces, into the skillet and cook for a couple minutes until golden and slightly crisp.
Add in your vegetables. Stir these around and let them cook for about 3 minutes, until the onions are getting tender.
To those, stir in two tablespoons of flour and a half teaspoon each of salt & pepper.
Let this cook about two minutes, stirring a couple times.
When the flour has become golden, you’ll pour in a cup and a halve of good red wine, ideally a Cabernet Sauvignon. If you use a wine that is too dry, it will make the stew bitter. Give it a stir, and let it begin to bubble.
When the wine is gently bubbling, pour in a cup of regular V8 (tomato & veggie juice drink.) Give that a stir, and when it begins to bubble again, turn off the heat.
Pour the mixture into the crockpot over the top of the beef.
Now for the simple herbs. In a piece of cheese cloth (or and herb pouch if you have one) place 2 bay leaves and a tablespoon of rosemary.
Close it into a bundle and tie it shut with a bit of kitchen twine.
Nestle this down into the middle of the crockpot. Place your cover on the crockpot and let this cook on low for 5 hours.
After the initial cooking time, add in a cup and a half of beef broth…
…and a third of a cup of barley. Give this a very gentle stir, and replace your crockpot cover. Allow it to cook another two hours. Discard the herb pouch.
Thank you to Cindy for hosting this week’s event!
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