I love to use the crock pot for weeknight meals. It's so easy to prepare a meal to a certain point the night before, place it in the fridge, pull it out in the am, throw it in the crock pot and let it cook all day. Coming home from work on a cold winter's day to perfectly cooked beef stew is just wonderful.
This stew is soo easy to make. Typically I make stew from left over chuck roast, but this week we didn't have chuck roast. So, since beef cubes were on special at the market I used those instead. I added them with an entire onion diced up to a roasting pan with salt, pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar (this is how I cook a chuck roast too if I'm not doing pot roast) and roasted them in a 350 oven for about 45min until they were browned.
I added the browned meat and onions to the crock pot with carrots and potatoes. I sprinkled flour over everything (stirred to coat) before adding the liquid . Then, I added homemade beef broth (I usually have some in the freezer) and some leftover white wine. I used 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper, and some fresh thyme for spice. In the end I added a handful of fresh chopped parsley.
I read somewhere that you should photograph food in white dishes. I can absolutely understand that the stew would look more appetizing presented in a white bowl, but wanted to show you a quick shot of it in the crock pot. And let me tell you it was darned tasty!
What's your favorite crock pot meal on a cold winter's night? Enjoy your week!