Culinary Confessional

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew (This is the best beef stew recipe I’ve ever tried.  It reheats beautifully, too!)1 tbsp olive oil2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1” pieces1 tsp kosher salt 3 tbsp spice rub (see this post)1 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp butter1 lb white mushrooms, thinly sliced5 tbsp flour3 cups beef stock, room temperature2 tbsp tomato paste1 tbsp dried thyme1 tbsp dried oregano1 tbsp dried basil1 tbsp ground allspice2 lb red potatoes, quartered2 cups whole baby carrots2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin4 stalks celery, chopped1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leavesHeat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the beef.  Season with the salt, the spice rub, and black pepper. Sear the beef for about 2 or 3 minutes per side or until the crust begins to caramelize.  (Note: the beef should NOT be cooked all the way through.)To the crock of a slow cooker, combine the butter, flour, beef stock, tomato paste, thyme, oregano, basil, allspice, and the browned meat.Cover and set the temperature to high. Cook for 1 hour, then add the potatoes and cook for five hours.Add the carrots, onion, mushrooms, and celery and continue to cook for another 2 hours.Once done, stir in the parsley and serve over rice.Approximate Nutritional Values: http://www.food.com/recipe/fabulous-beef-stew-25806

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
(This is the best beef stew recipe I’ve ever tried.  It reheats beautifully, too!)


1 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1” pieces
1 tsp kosher salt 
3 tbsp spice rub (see this post)
1 tsp black pepper 
2 tbsp butter
1 lb white mushrooms, thinly sliced
5 tbsp flour
3 cups beef stock, room temperature
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp ground allspice
2 lb red potatoes, quartered
2 cups whole baby carrots
2 medium yellow onions, sliced thin
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves



Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the beef.  Season with the salt, the spice rub, and black pepper. Sear the beef for about 2 or 3 minutes per side or until the crust begins to caramelize.  (Note: the beef should NOT be cooked all the way through.)

To the crock of a slow cooker, combine the butter, flour, beef stock, tomato paste, thyme, oregano, basil, allspice, and the browned meat.

Cover and set the temperature to high. Cook for 1 hour, then add the potatoes and cook for five hours.

Add the carrots, onion, mushrooms, and celery and continue to cook for another 2 hours.

Once done, stir in the parsley and serve over rice.




Approximate Nutritional Values: http://www.food.com/recipe/fabulous-beef-stew-25806

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