I absolutely love this time of year. I know, it’s a little odd. It’s drippy and dreary and chilly outside… but I so enjoy weather that drives you indoors, justifying hours curled up with fat books (current choice: The Children’s Book, which is absolutely freakin’ amazing), flickering candles, snoring pets, and, of course, delicious eats.
So, after completing today’s academic responsibilities, I hurried home through the drips and drops and began cooking.
I wrote yesterday about a recipe for dill bread that I planned to try. Today I picked up the ingredients that I needed for that project (I had everything except yeast and cottage cheese) and decided at the last minute to make some vegetable stew to go along with it.
My stew recipe is an adaptation of Soul Food and Southern Cooking‘s recipe. Theirs used a bit more meat and fewer vegetables- but carrots and celery are cheaper than beef (and better for you) and I’m doing my best these days to be frugal.
Here’s my version:
Crock Pot Beef Stew
1 pound cubed beef stew meat
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
6 celery stalks, sliced
3 potatoes, cubed
6-8 carrots, cubed
can whole tomatoes can diced tomatoes, largish (14 oz) (I used whole tomatoes, as the source recipe recommended. Makes absolutely no sense in retrospect- who wants a fist-size tomato in their soup bowl? )
1 1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 – tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 – cup all purpose flour
1.) Chop/cube all of the veggies
2.) Rinse the beef stew, pat dry (meat that isn’t dry doesn’t brown. who knew?), coat the meat with the seasoning mix (onion powder, salt and pepper), and then with a light coating of flour
3.) Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet and brown the beef
5.) Cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 5-6 hours. It’s done when the meat and potatoes are tender
On a side note– I finished the dill bread. My-oh-my.
Pretty much the most delicious thing ever. I’m on my second- ok, third- piece.
I may be full by the time my stew is done. If my stew is ever done (I’m a bit impatient. But a watched Crock Pot never… nevermind. I’m too cool for that. As are you.)