I know I have previously posted about how I love finding good recipes for the crock-pot. Its just so simple…you combine everything all at once so you don’t have tons of pots and pans to clean. The meat comes out so tender and juicy and because of the long cooking times it allows for better distribution of flavors. And best thing of all it can literally be left unattended all day! My most recent recipe in the crock-pot was a beef stew which turned about fantastic. Its also budget friendly and gives you tons of leftovers.
The one thing about making beef stew in the crock-pot is you do have to brown the meat first before adding it to the rest of the ingredients and that is the first thing I did. I seasoned the stew meat with salt and pepper and then cooked until evenly brown on all sides which only took a few minutes. Then I placed the beef, baby red potatoes, carrots, onion, minced garlic, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, dried rosemary, smoked paprika and bay leaves into the crock-pot, gave it a stir to combine everything and placed on low for 8 hours.
After cooking for the 8 hours I whisked together GF One to One flour and a little bit of the stew broth and added it into the slow cooker and cooked for another 30 minutes until thickened. I also added green peas as well at the very end. I served it with fresh parsley and garlic bread (GF for me of course and regular for the boys)! It was delicious and so rich and hearty.