I made several adjustments to this recipe, to accommodate what I had on hand, and preferences. I added 1/2 chopped green bell pepper, skipped the tapioca (as I was afraid it would provide a strange consistency), used 1 15oz. can petite diced tomatoes & 1 15oz. can stewed tomatoes, used beef broth for the water and bouillon, used 1 tsp. Italian seasoning (though next time I would double that) and 1 tsp. montreal steak seasoning, then skipped the red wine altogether. I cooked in a slow cooker for 2 hours on high heat, then reduced to low for 5 hours. The meat was very tender and the broth was very rich. However, it did seem to be lacking in herb flavor. I may try it next time with the Knorr brown gravy packet as another reviewer suggested. I also plan on using 1 8oz. can of tomato sauce for half the broth/water next time. Overall, good recipe, hubby *loved* it, but it could definitely use more seasonings.
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I made several adjustments to this recipe, to accommodate what I had on hand, and preferences....