I'm rating this, based on the recipe as it's written. It's awful, lol. However, it is 100% salvagable. Definately substitute the water with beef broth (I did two cans of vegetable broth and two beef) I added an additional cup of merlot, 3 bay leaves, and some thyme. Rather than simmer in the oven, I transfered the meat to the crockpot after had browned it. Also, I added some fresh minced garlic to the meat while is was browing, and it was great. By cooking in the crockpot, I found that by the time I added the potatoes and let them cook for a good hour or so, the starch from them thickened up the stew just right. I added salt and pepper to taste, and a little more garlic the last 30 minutes or so, and it was really good. But this definately needed some doctoring up!
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I'm rating this, based on the recipe as it's written. It's awful, lol. However, it is 100%...