Neither my hubs or I cared for this at all (sorry!). Admittedly, I was quite surprised that this tasted NOTHING like IAMROSIE's slow cooker beef stew (which I LOVE!!!). Other than the addition of W sauce, garlic and mushrooms, a few subtle measurement differences and a slightly varied cook time, the two recipes are pretty much identical. IAMROSIE's stew is anything BUT bland, but this one left much to be desired. Another issue I couldn't get past was a textural one. Cooking on high the first hour and then on low for another 8 hours practically nuked my stew. :( My meat literally shredded (I prefer chunks of meat in my stew) and my veggies were REALLY soft. I think an hour on high and 6 hours on low would have been MORE than sufficient - and I'm regretting that I didn't error on the shorter end of the suggested cooking timeframe. NOTE #1: Unless you like LARGE chunks of onion in your stew, roughly chop them. Keep in mind that you'll likely want to cut back by HALF if you do so (unless you want to taste onion in EVERY bite!). One final observation.... I halved this recipe and nearly filled my 5 qt. slow cooker (ikes!). Unless you have a crowd to feed, a SUPER large slow cooker or want days worth of leftovers, a half batch is PLENTY sufficient! Serving our stew in Panera sourdough bread bowls was the highlight of our meal. This may be a winner for your family, but it wasn't for ours. Thanks anyways, Heather. :-)
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Neither my hubs or I cared for this at all (sorry!). Admittedly, I was quite surprised that...