Warm up to a bowl of hearty Crock-Pot Beef Stew. Tender beef is simmered away in the slow cooker with carrots, onions, celery in a full of flavor stew. You really cannot go wrong with this classic beef stew recipe!
Crock-Pot Beef Stew
We had our first snow of 2016 the other day. It wasn’t a lot of snow, a dusting really that covered my rose bushes and herb garden with a light blanket of snow. It was pretty.
This is not the earliest I have seen snow in my 13 years living in Wyoming. August 25th a few years ago holds that record. And that snow was a huge dumping blizzard of wet snow that clung to all the tree branches. Tree branches which had not even begun to turn autumn colors yet. The wet heavy snow broke a ton of branches and the frost immediately killed all the leaves on the trees and they just fell off. No pretty oranges and reds, just soggy olive green dead leaves to rake up.
And it is not the latest we have seen snow either. Last year our first snow held off until the day after Halloween. The kids were ecstatic to be able to trick-or-treat without puffy winter jackets and snow pants.
But that first snow of the year always makes me want to pull out the crock-pot and put on something warm and hearty.
For me cold weather equal comfort food. Soups, stews and chili, that is what cold weather makes me want to cook.
Without fail the minute the temperatures drop my husband will text me from work and
beg ask me to make something warm and comforting for dinner that night.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and this may not be true in every relationship but it has a ring of truth with my husband and I. Almost 20 years married and the man still loves my cooking!
On this cold and snowy day I decided that a nice hearty beef stew would be the perfect dinner to feed my husband and our crew.
This recipe is actually quite easy. The prep work just involves cutting up your veggies and browning the meat really quickly.
I know some folks balk at browning meat on the stove-top in some recipes. But I really feel that this little extra step really adds a depth of flavor to your final stew. You can omit the browning the meat step if you really want to but I encourage you to not skip it and enjoy the flavor it adds.
I buy pre-cut beef stew meat from the grocery store but you can of course cut up your own roast beef into cubes. I cut my own stew meat whenever there is an awesome sale on roast beef.
Then everything else is just tossed in the slow cooker and let to simmer away all day until dinner time.
We like to serve our beef stew with some nice rolls and side salad. And everyone walks away from the family table with bellies full and a smile on their face. 🙂
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