Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Slow Cooker Campfire Stew




Do you have trouble remembering things? Where you put your shopping list, your keys......the kids? No, I am not saying I have ever lost my kids

Wait

Well there was that one time in the mall. I really didn't forget where they were I......OK I forgot where they were. And there was that one time that I forgot what their names were, but I figured it out. 

No worries though, they are both healthy well adjusted young adults now, so I obviously wasn't that bad. 

But I was young. It gets worse with age.

My Dad always said he suffered from CRS "Can't Rememer Stuff" and I know he passed it on to me, thanks Dad.


It's OK, at least I don't suffer from it alone. Kevin is in the same boat. 

Example

Random person - Hey Kevin
Kevin - Hi
Random person - How the heck have you been?
Kevin - Oh good good, and you? (big mistake)
Random person - Well a lot has been going on, you know Mary? 
Kevin - Uumm ya
Random person - Well she had a really rough pregnancy with the last one and my sister, you remember her? 
Kevin - Sure
Random person - She moved back to help us with the twins and the new baby while Mary recuperated. While she was here she got to know the neighbors, remember them? 
Kevin - Oh ya
Random person - Well, he ended up leaving his wife and marrying her. Crazy huh? Hey, you really should come by sometime, my Dad would really love to see you, remember when he took us fishing? 
Kevin - Yup
Random person - He loves that story. Well you have my number so give us a call sometime.
Kevin - Will do, take care.
Me - Who was that?
Kevin - I have no idea! 

CRS!!

So don't ask me how or why, but I have very clear memories of my Girl Scout camping days. 

Of course most of them revolve around food, so that might have something to do with it.

This stew is in many of my favorite camping memories, and s'mores. 

Lots and lots of s'mores!

We usually cooked this in a big cast iron pot. Everyone would bring a can of veggies from home and when it came time to make the stew, it all went into the pot. I have adapted that a bit here, but the memories were there as soon as I took a bite. 

Hey, I may have discovered the cure for CRS!




Slow Cooker Campfire Stew


2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (can use olive oil)
2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
3 Serrano peppers, minced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups beef stock
2 (14.5 ounce) cans of tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Kosher salt
Freshly cracked black pepper


Place the potatoes, carrots, corn, and peas in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, cook until no pink remains. Add the onion, peppers, celery, and garlic, cook until veggies soften, about 5 minutes. 

Sprinkle meat with flour, stir until the flour is completely incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add the beef stock and stir, scraping the bottom of any browned bits. Pour into the slow cooker. Add the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, Cajun seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.

Cook on high for 4 hours, or low 6 to 8 hours.

Serve with hot cornbread, biscuits or crusty bread.


ENJOY!!

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