Excellent beef stew! I wanted a simple recipe to throw in the slow cooker while I was at work, and come home to a delicious home-cooked, hearty meal, and this certainly fits the bill. The night before I browned the stew meat & onions, and cut the veggies up, and made the onion soup mix, and then put them in the fridge all together. The next morning, before work, I just tossed it in the crock pot with a couple ounces of red wine, turned it on low and then went to work. I cooked it on low for 9 hours instead of an hour on high first, only because I knew I wouldn't make it home an hour later to turn the heat down. The results were amazing- the meat stayed in cubed form-rather than falling apart (I prefer it to stay cubed,) but was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and fork shreddable. The starch from the potatoes and the gelatin from slow cooking the meat caused the stew to be thick, and rich, without having to add any cornstarch. Since I was leaving town the following evening, I brought the leftovers to work so they wouldn't spoil in the fridge, and my co-workers all raved about how good this stew was. The only things I added were 2 bay leaves and about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning. The rest I followed. This recipe is certainly a keeper. Thanks for sharing!
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Excellent beef stew! I wanted a simple recipe to throw in the slow cooker while I was at work,...