I did have to tweak this recipe a bit, but I still believe it's worthy of a five star rating. I could never make a stew without adding some garlic, and so 5 minced cloves went into the crock pot. I also added some celery chunks and replaced the water with a hearty red wine. Super delicious, warming and hearty!
And please remember, you don't have to follow recipes to a T. If you have a little cooking experience under your belt, then use your own instincts to make these recipes yours. For instance, some reviewers gave a lower rating to this recipe because they thickened the stew too much. But that's completely avoidable. Simply add the water/flour mixture slowly, stir and see how thick it gets. If it's thick enough before you use it all up, stop. You're done. Oh, and using red wine in place of the water for thickening will give a deep, layered flavor to your stew this is fabulous. If you don't like cooking with wine, then I would advise using beef broth in place of the water in this recipe.
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I did have to tweak this recipe a bit, but I still believe it's worthy of a five star rating....