Meal planning in the winter is so hard for me because as soon as the temperatures go below -20, all I want is soup. This beef stew is so delicious, but it is also the perfect meal for a cold winters day. Also, I really love using my slow cooker, and since this is the first meal I learned how to make in it, I figured it was fitting for my first food blog!
Now I’m not going to say this is super quick and easy to make. Maybe I’m just slow, but it takes me almost an hour to prep everything before I even turn the slow cooker on. I usually make this on Sunday’s when I have all day, and I’ll make enough to last us a few days, so I guess you could say it’s convenient in that sense.
What You Need
- 4 – 5 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
- 4 carrots peeled and chopped
- 4 celery sticks chopped
- 1 medium red onion diced
- 3 – 6 cloves of garlic minced
- stew beef (two packages from the grocery store is enough for us)
- 900mL of Campbell’s low sodium beef brother
- 2 tbsp of worcestershire sauce •2 – 3 bay leaves
- salt + pepper to taste
- 2 rosemary sprigs chopped
If I’m being honest, I eyeball this recipe now so if you cut up 3 potatoes and think that’s enough, then go with it. The amounts of everything really depends on how much I want to make or rather, how long I want to be eating stew for!
Once all your vegetables are peeled and chopped, mix them up in the slow cooker. I usually add in some vegetable seasoning and some salt and pepper. In the past I have added way too much and it’s turned out really spicy, so don’t go crazy…unless you’re into that sort of stuff lol! I also add in the minced garlic at this point.
Next, I cut the stew beef into smaller pieces. Then I dredge the meat and cook it on high in a frying pan until the outside browns a bit. I also add some steak spice for flavour. Once this is done, I mix it into the slow cooker with the vegetables.
Once you hit this step, the hard part is done. Now all that’s left to do is add the rosemary, beef broth, worcestershire sauce, and your bay leaves. I also mix a bit of flour with some water and add it before I turn the slow cooker on – I watch the thickness and add as needed. Cook on high for four hours, and get ready for your house to smell amazing!