Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Slow Cooker Winter Spiced Beef and Apple Stew

This recipe is a Kraft Foods/McCormick Seasonings Recipe which is why it calls for McCormick seasonings.  Normally I do not list ingredients by brand but since this is their recipe, used with permission, I will leave their name in the ingredients.  This is a great Fall dish so I thought you would probably enjoy having the recipe.  The picture is theirs, too.

4 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Cumin Seed
1 1/2 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon oil
1 3/4 cups Kitchen Basics® Beef Stock
1 can (6 ounces) frozen apple juice concentrate, undiluted
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Thyme Leaves
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Allspice, Ground
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Black Pepper, Coarse Grind
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 medium firm red cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

1. Heat small skillet on medium heat. Add cumin seed; cook and stir about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting. Set aside.

2. Coat meat with flour. Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add meat in batches; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Place meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker; toss to coat well. Cover.

3. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.

Thicken with additional flour, if desired.


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