Sundays are dinner and a movie night with my oldest. Anything to lure a son who lives on his own home to spend time with his parents is a good thing. As we watch a movie almost every week - we embrace a wide range. Comedy, SciFi, Animation, Mystery, Art, Film Noir, Award nominated, each week we try to mix it up.
Every once and awhile there is a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen because of stunning visuals - IMAX prefered - or the larger theatre sound system. Yesterday we wanted to see one that definitely fit this criteria - Dr. Strange. As we were watching the 4:45 show and the movie is around 2 hours, I needed a supper that was ready when we walked in the door.
It's cold and gray outside, so I decide Beef Stew would be perfect. In looking at 3 or 4 recipes, I came up with the list below. If you're like me and natural chef with a great palette, then exploring a variety of recipes is a great way to open the door on creating your own without too much risk. All this went in the crockpot at 9 a.m. in the morning. How easy is that?
As this is a meal in a bowl, all I added were some crusty split rolls which I buttered, sprinkled with grated Asiago Cheese and then wrapped tightly before we left. When we walked it I slid them under the broiler and let them toast while I filled my large oval individual stew bowls. My favourite for serving full meal soups and stews are large oval ones I bought in a set from Costco - see below. Voila - dinner in minutes.
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Easy, Delicious Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Stew!
This fills a LARGE 7 Quart Crockpot!
1 Medium to large sweet onion, diced
2 Stalks Celery, cut once lengthwise and then crosswise
into 1/4" slices
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 7 oz/200 g package sliced mushrooms
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce (could sub Soy Sauce or Tamari)
2 lbs. Inexpensive lean beef roast cut into 1 inch cubes
(or pre-cut stewing beef)
1/4 C Flour
4 Large Carrots cut once lengthwise and the crosswise
into 1/4" slices
1-1/2 lbs. New potatoes, small ones left whole, larger ones cut
1 Can (10.5 oz/284 ml) Condensed Beef Broth
1/2 C Red Wine (could sub more beef broth if you prefer)
|Stock image. I prefer the white bowls. These are|
my number one go to for full meal soups and stews.
Cook on Low for 10 - 12 hours. GENTLY stir until all ingredients are evenly spaced. As everything will be well-cooked, it's important not to be too aggressive here. Serve with crusty rolls, broiled cheese topped buns or your favourite quick loaf (mine is Brethren Cheese Quick Bread).