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So, the typical Pacific Northwest weather has finally descended upon us. That crazy spell of 80+ days with no rain in sight, has been replaced by foggy mornings, and cool drizzly days.
But, you know what?
I am really digging it. I mean like super straight up loving this weather!
This past week I have been all about hoodies, pumpkin, and my slow cooker. Yay Fall
But, talking about slow cookers, isn't there just something about Fall that screams out for slow cooked meals? My little brain has been spinning with all sorts of ideas to pop into the ol' slow cooker.
However, new deliciousness aside, nothing, and I mean nuuuuuuuuthing, tells my tummy that it is officially Fall like this rich and hearty beef stew. One bite and I am in stew nirvana, the perfect state of bliss. I think it could quite possibly bring about world peace because there is no way you can be grumpy with a tummy full of this stew. Guaranteed!
Another thing that I love about this stew is that it is relatively inexpensive to make, but tastes like it cost a fortune. Stew beef is a perfect way to get your protein without breaking the bank and, I think it is pretty much a slow cookers best friend. The red wine just gives it such a deep rich broth, the beef is fall apart tender, it is just..... well it is just a whole bunch of awesomeness in a bowl , that's what it is.
By the way, have you taken to 30 day protein challenge? I just got my kiddos on board with it this past week, and already they are telling me how much better they feel. They feel stronger, have more energy (which they both need with the new baby in the house), and aren't craving the junk food they had been eating. I think that is pretty awesome
Today the Sunday Supper Family is sharing more tasty ways to incorporate beef into your family’s menu rotation. From braised brisket to steak fajitas, you’ll find loads of ideas. Check them out below the recipe!
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/4 extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 16 ounces cremini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
- 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 cups red wine (see cook's notes)
- 2 cups low sodium beef stock
- 2 tablespoon cold water
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- Place the peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves, onto a double layer of cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth into a bundle to make a bouquet garni, and place in the bottom of 6-quart slow cooker.
- Pat the beef dry and season liberally with salt and pepper, toss to combine.
- *Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet or dutch oven, over medium-high heat. Place 1/3 of the stew beef in a single layer in pan to sear. Make sure you do not crowd the pan. Let the beef sear without moving until it releases easily from the pan and the underside is golden-brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Flip the pieces and sear on the other side and let the meat sear without moving for 1 to 3 minutes, until they release easily from the pan. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and place in the slow cooker*. Repeat from * to * with the next 1/3 of the beef, and then the last 1/3.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, and garlic, and continue to cook an additional 5 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker.
- Add the last tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and cook the mushrooms until they have release all their liquid and are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Place mushrooms in a bowl and set aside.
- Add the tomato paste to the pan and stir, allowing it to warm for a minute, then stir in 1/2 cup of the red wine. Stir to combine, scraping the bottom to remove any browned bits. Transfer to the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining red wine and beef stock. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
- 30 minutes before the end of the cook time, stir the corn starch into the cold water until it dissolves, then add it to the slow cooker along with the mushrooms. Stir to combine, then recover the slow cooker and continue to cook.
Total time: 8 hrs. 55 mins.
Tags: beef, slow cooker, red wine, gluten free, clean eating
- If you have bacon fat I highly recommend using it in place of the olive oil. I always have a jar of it in my fridge for use in dishes like this.
- I love a Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon. But, when in doubt, choose a wine that you enjoy drinking.
- Cut all of your vegetables (onion, carrots, and celery) the same size dice to ensure they cook at the same rate.
- The meat and veggies can be made the night before, then added to the slow cooker in the morning, along with the remaining ingredients.
Healthy Plates with Beef
- Beef and Green Beans over Orange Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Beef Short Ribs with Polenta and Sautéed Greens by Whole Food | Real Families
- Beer Braised Beef Brisket by Life Tastes Good
- Beef Stifado by Recipe for Perfection
- Classic Pot Roast with Lemon and Rosemary by MealDiva
- Easy Stovetop Marsala Roast Beef by Family Foodie
- Filet Mignon with Cherry Sauce by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Garlic & Herb Prime Rib with Roasted Potatoes & Beets by Momma’s Meals
- Rosemary Garlic Brisket by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Sauerbraten by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Shank Cut Osso Buco by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili by Alida’s Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Stew by Food Done Light
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef Soup by Meal Planning Magic
- Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas by Daily Dish Recipes
- Spoon Roast with Mushrooms and Farro by Cooking Chat
- Szegediner Gulasch (German Sauerkraut Beef Goulash) by Magnolia Days
- Thai Red Curry with Beef and Butternut Squash by kimchi MOM
- Vietnamese Style Beef Stew by I’m Not the Nanny
This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
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