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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.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FAVORITE BASIC BEEF STEW

3 medium to large carrots, cut into halves lenghwise then into 1-inch pieces
3 ribs of celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp thyme
3/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp pepper
2 lbs lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can (14-oz) diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 can (14-oz) beef broth
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cold water

Layer the ingredients, except the flour and cold water, in the slow cooker or crock pot in the order listed above.  Cover the cooker and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.

Remove the beef and vegetables to a large serving bowl; cover and keep warm.

Remove the bay leaf from cooker and discard.

Turn the cooker to high and replace the cover.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour and cold water together until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to the flour mixture and mix well; stir into the cooker.  Replace lid and cook 15 minutes or until thickened. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables. Serve immediately.


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