Monday, January 18, 2010

Colorful Crockpot Beef Stew

I love cooking with a crockpot. It's just so wonderful to set up a meal in the morning and know it will be ready for dinnertime. And, especially when cooking meat, I feel that using a crockpot yields a more tender result than other cooking methods. This Christmas we received a lovely crockpot that I have been dying to try out. So today, I improvised upon a classic crockpot recipe and created something that uses whole, unprocessed food, a little less meat and a few more veggies than the classic version. I hope you enjoy! It smells wonderful, but I won't know for sure until dinner tonight. I'll post a comment and let you know the final verdict.

Colorful Crockpot Beef Stew

1 pound thinly sliced beef (we used "stir fry" beef)
1/2 cup flour (we used whole wheat... I'm sure you could use gluten free, too)
Kosher salt and pepper
3 cups broth or water
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic
handful of small red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup swiss chard, chopped roughly

1. Sprinkle flour, salt and pepper over meat in crockpot
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, on high for 4-5 hours, or until meat is tender. Stir thoroughly before serving.

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Whirliegig said...

That looks incredibly tasty!

Once Upon A Parent said...

Yum! And I love that you added more veggies and less meat. That is a great idea!

Kerry said...

I love that there is swiss chard in this! Crockpot recipes are always appreciated.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

This recipe sounds delicious in its simplicity. I love that it includes Swiss chard.

I have enjoyed browsing your blog this evening -- it is peaceful and edifying, thought provoking and inspiring.

Sheila D. said...

YUM! I can't wait to add this to my meal plan for next week! We were just introduced to Swiss Chard last year from our's nice to have a new recipe for it!

Adele said...

Here's the update: it was yummy and enjoyed by all four members of the family (including toddler and baby). I did add a little extra salt at the end. And I was nervous about the swiss chard, but Ben and I agreed that it was delicious. Next time I might serve it with some rice.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

This was delish! We enjoyed it for dinner tonight, even my two young picky eaters ate it up. Easy and delicious, this recipe is a keeper.

Wouldn't it be good with a splash of red wine in it? I think so.