Recipes

Warm up to a Hearty Harvest Stew

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the first hints of fall arrives I want to get my crockpot out and start making a warm, hearty stew.  With the fall harvest, there are so many great options to use.  My recipe for stew is pretty basic and is more stepping stone, if anything.  I start with the basics of stewing beef, beef broth and an onion soup mix and go from there.  It’s kind of like a kitchen sink version, where I basically add whatever I have available to me at the time.  Aside from the ingredients listed below, I have also used corn, butternut squash, zucchini and even canned tomatoes before.  It really depends on what you like and have available.  I find it’s hard to go wrong with stew.

After a long, cold day, it’s nice to come home to something warm and ready to go for dinner.  All you need to do is serve the stew with a nice, crusty bread and you’ve got a meal that everyone in your family can enjoy. This recipes freezes well and makes for a perfect warm me up lunch for the family on a cold winter day.

 

Hearty Harvest Stew

A hearty, warm, filling stew that can easily tailored to your suit any taste buds

  • 1 lb stewing beef
  • 1 carton beef broth
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 3 large potatoes, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 whole onions, chopped
  • 3 whole carrots, chopped
  • 2 whole sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons flour, divided
  1. Cut stewing beef, if necessary, into smaller, bite size pieces. Coat in flour and cook in frying pan until brown. Does not need to be fully cooked, just browned.
  2. Chop up all your veggies and put them into your crockpot.
  3. Once beef has browned, add to crockpot with broth and onion soup mix. Add enough water to almost cover the contents.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. If you wish the stew to have a thicker, more gravy like consistency, mix 2-3 tablespoons of flour with water to make a paste. Stir in to stew approximately 20 minutes prior to serving to thicken.

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