Thursday, December 27, 2012

Beef and Mushroom Stew

Merry Christmas!  It has been quite an eventful December!  With moving into a new house, and, of course, Christmas celebrations I have to admit that my creativity in the kitchen has been lacking lately for want of faster meals.  However, with the weather now officially cold (in Texas terms) it's slow cooker season.  This delicious dish combines my new need for faster, easier meals and my love of the slow cooker.  Easy to prep (about 15 minutes) and easy to devour (about 15 minutes) it's a crowd pleaser.  I hope you enjoy!

  • 1-2 lbs. of stew meat cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or broth
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 red potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • about 4 Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
Toss stew meat into slow cooker.  Coat with flour and salt and pepper.  Stir to coat evenly.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Cook on LOW for 10-12 hours or HIGH for 5-6 hours.