Kiki’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 2 2015-12-11 003Now that Christmas is almost upon us, making slow cooker beef stew  makes so much sense. I can put it in the slow cooker all day while I am trying to catch up with Christmas before it’s too late. My daughter Kiki gave me this recipe years ago and even though I have tried other recipes, this is the one that tastes the most delicious, costs the least to make and feeds the most people.

I have used expensive beef from my butcher, grocery store beef, and even kosher beef, yet they all end up tasting exactly the same – deliciously beefy and comforting. I love this recipe because it is so forgiving. A novice cook can make it without worrying if it will turn out well. I have also made dumplings sometimes and cooked them on top of the stew and they were a lovely addition, but if you aren’t that brave, serve it with fresh rolls and butter or a crusty Italian loaf. Slow cooker beef stew will still be a hit with your family or guests.

 

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs stewing beef (I like chuck roast cut up)

4 carrots

2 fresh cloves of garlic, sliced

5 medium potatoes

2 medium onions

1 can beef consomme soup

1 and 1/2 cans of Water

Pinch of thyme or 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

2 Tbsp canola oil or mild olive oil

1 cup of flour

Seasonings like seasoned salt, paprika, seasoned pepper, salt and pepper

Directions:

Place the flour and seasonings in a large plastic bag. Add the beef chunks to the bag, close it and shake the bag until all the beef chunks are nicely coated. Remove them from the bag one at a time and shake off the excess flour. Place floured beef into a shallow bowl and keep near the stove.

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 075Peel the carrots and dice up or slice into diagonal slices. Peel the potatoes and cut them into chunks. Keep the carrots and potatoes in a bowl of cold water until ready to add to the stew.

Peel both onions. Dice up one of them and quarter the other one. Set them aside.

Peel and slice the garlic and set it aside.

 

 

 


Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 004In a large deep heavy frying pan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it shimmers and is hot.
Brown the beef chunks a few at a time until brown on all sides. As you finish browning them, remove them and place in the slow cooker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 043When all the beef is browned and added to the slow cooker, add a bit more oil to the frying pan.Throw in the diced onions and stir them around until they soften and become translucent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 048 Add in the sliced garlic and stir it into the onions. Let it cook for a minute with the onions, but keep stirring. Nothing is worse than burnt garlic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 058Add the contents of the can of consomme and add 1 and 1/2 cans of water using the consomme can as a measure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 060Add the thyme. Bring to a boil, stir well and then add this liquid mixture to the beef in the slow cooker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 068Place the quartered onion on top and cover the slow cooker. Set the timer for 4 hours on LOW. Check to see if the beef is almost at the tender stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiki's Quick Beef Stew 1 2015-12-10 078If so, add the cut up carrots and potatoes. Set the timer for 2 more hours. Test the beef and vegetables to make sure all is tender. If not, keep cooking until the stew reaches the tender stage you want it to be. Don’t overcook your vegetables.

If at the end of the cooking time, you find that the stew is not thick enough, you can put one or two tablespoons of flour in 1/2 cup of warm broth. Stir it with a fork until all lumps are smoothed out. Then add it to the stew, stirring with a wooden spoon until stew thickens. If it thickens too much just add more consomme or broth until the thickness is the way you like it. If not serving right away, keep the stew on WARM in the slow cooker until ready to serve.

Save leftovers in a tupperware container. This stew reheats well. When you reheat it over low heat, if it seems too thick, just thin with broth until it is the right consistency.

Kiki’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • Now that Christmas is almost upon us, making beef stew in the slow cooker makes so much sense. I can put it in the slow cooker all day while I am trying to catch up with Christmas before it's too late. My daughter Kiki gave me this recipe years ago and even though I have tried other recipes, this is the one that tastes the most delicious, costs the least to make and feeds the most people.
  • I have used expensive beef from my butcher, grocery store beef, and even kosher beef, yet they all end up tasting exactly the same - deliciously beefy and comforting. I love this recipe because it is so forgiving. A novice cook can make it without worrying if it will turn out well. I have also made dumplings sometimes and cooked them on top of the stew and they were a lovely addition, but if you aren't that brave, serve it with fresh rolls and butter or a crusty Italian loaf. It will still be a hit with your family or guests.
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs stewing beef (I like chuck roast cut up)
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 fresh cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 can beef consomme soup
  • 1 and 1/2 cans of Water
  • Pinch of thyme or 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil or mild olive oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Seasonings like seasoned salt, paprika, seasoned pepper, salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Place the flour and seasonings in a large plastic bag. Add the beef chunks to the bag, close it and shake the bag until all the beef chunks are nicely coated. Remove them from the bag one at a time and shake off the excess flour. Place floured beef into a shallow bowl and keep near the stove.
  3. Peel the carrots and dice up or slice into diagonal slices. Peel the potatoes and cut them into bite sized chunks. Place both carrots and potatoes in a bowl of cold water until ready to add to the stew.
  4. Peel both onions. Dice up one of them and quarter the other one. Set them aside.
  5. Peel and slice the garlic and set it aside.
  6. In a large deep heavy frying pan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil until it shimmers and is hot. Brown the beef chunks a few at a time until brown on all sides. As you finish browning them, remove them and place in the slow cooker.
  7. When all the beef is browned and added to the slow cooker, add a bit more oil to the frying pan.Throw in the diced onions and stir them around until they soften and become translucent.
  8. Add in the sliced garlic and stir it into the onions. Let it cook for a minute with the onions, but keep stirring. Nothing is worse than burnt garlic.
  9. Add the contents of the can of consomme to the mixture in the frying pan, and then add 1 and 1/2 cans of water using the consomme can as a measure.
  10. Add the thyme. Bring to a boil, stir well and then add this liquid mixture to the beef in the slow cooker.
  11. Place the quartered onion on top and cover the slow cooker. Set the timer for 4 hours on LOW. Check after four hours to see if the beef is almost at the tender stage.
  12. If so, add the cut up carrots and potatoes. Set the timer for 2 more hours. Test the beef and vegetables to make sure all is tender. If not, keep cooking until the stew reaches the tender stage you want it to be. Don't overcook your vegetables.
  13. If at the end of the cooking time, you find that the stew is not thick enough, you can put one or two tablespoons of flour in 1/2 cup of warm broth. Stir it with a fork until all lumps are smoothed out. Then add it to the stew, stirring with a wooden spoon until stew thickens. If it thickens too much just add more consomme or broth until the thickness is the way you like it. If not serving right away, keep the stew on WARM in the slow cooker until ready to serve.
  14. Save leftovers in a tupperware container. This stew reheats well. When you reheat it over low heat, if it seems too thick, just thin with broth until it is the right consistency.
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Kiki’s Slow Cooker Beef Stew
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