When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Homemade Beef Stew (crockpot style)

Its the Season of FALL!!! Halloween is behind us and so is the candy that we consumed! Thanksgiving is coming upon us and its my 2nd favorite Holiday (Christmas is my 1st)! We have a couple of parties coming up (2 of them happen to be my childrens birthdays!!). I love looking out my over-sized window in the living room and seeing all the trees changing their colors! Absolutely breathtaking! During this season, people make Chili over and over and over and over and did I mention over and over again! They get burned out on it! So, instead of throwing some chili in the crockpot this morning, I decided to make homemade Beef Stew! This is one of my hubby's favorite dishes! It is super easy to make and I just throw it in the crockpot and forget about it for a couple of hours! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my hubby does!

Homemade Beef Stew (crockpot style)

1 to 1.5 lbs stewing beef
1 t pepper
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 cup baby carrots (or is you don't have baby carrots you can just cut up some regular carrots)
4 medium Russet potatoes (washed)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 medium onion
1 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 packet Brown Gravy powder mix

Drizzle 1T EVOO in bottom of crockpot. Place stewing beef in bottom of crockpot and sprinkle with 1/4 of the seasoning mix. Stir beef to make sure they are coated with seasonings.

Cube up potatoes into bite size, or the same size as the beef. Sprinkle another 1/4 of the seasonings on top. Pour 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes over potatoes, including juice.

Add carrots and dice your onion up as well. I dice mine into smaller chunks because I have a husband who will eat onions if they are not too big...its a mind thing! Sprinkle remaining seasonings over onions and carrots!

Cook on High for 2 hours. If you are putting this on before you go to work you can start it on low and cook for however many hours you will be gone. I am a stay at home mom so I cook mine on high for 2 hours then turn on low for the remaining 4-5 hours.

You are probably wondering where that Brown Gravy packet is going to go....right?

When you get home from work, sprinkle the Brown Gravy packet over the stew and stir until completely blended. Add about a cup of water if needed! Sometimes, depending on the potatoes you use, it can get thick quick. Let this cook while you are getting the rest of dinner done or changing your clothes or just relaxing for a 10-15 minutes! The Brown Gravy will thicken the stew and give it the beef stew flavors!

Now, we are a family that does not use alot of salt, I didn't add it to my recipe before cooking because I wanted to taste it with the Brown Gravy packet mixed it. They usually contain alot of salt. If you need to add salt, please, by all means do so!! I like to serve this with a crescent roll or homemade biscuits!!

The pictures were taken with my phone, so if they are not clear, I am dearly sorry!!

~Remember to put God first, and everything else will follow~