Wednesday, September 14, 2011

grandma's cookbook - Simple Slow-cooker Stew . . . the Perfect Fall Comfort Food!

The leaves are starting to turn and the days are getting shorter and cooler - at least here in Michigan! So . . . it is time for stew! Hooray! Stew is one of my favorite foods . . . it is such a comfort food! I love the aroma as the stew cooks, I love how quick and easy it is to fix it and I love the way it tastes . . . what isn't there to love about stew? :^)


Try this recipe with your grandchildren - there are lots of ways to let them help . . . they can add the cut veggies to the slow cooker (do not let them cut the veggies), they can help you decide which ingredients to use and of course the most important way - they can taste!


Ingredients -

  • potatoes - consider a mix of red, white and purple potatoes or just a russet is fine:^)
  • onions - I love Vidalia onions
  • stew meat
  • carrots
  • any other veggies you like - tomatoes, olives, peppers, celery, mushrooms . . . use what you like to make it your own wonderful recipe
  • water
  • beef base
  • butter - you could leave this out, but just a bit does add to the flavor!
  • garlic, salt and pepper to taste 
Directions -
  • coat 2lbs of stew meat with flour - be sure it is cut into about 1" pieces - and add to slow cooker
  • cut your veggies - I have a 6qt slow cooker so I usually use about six or seven potatoes cut into approx. 1" cubes, I cut one vidalia onion and about four average size carrots for my stew
  • add 1 1/2 cups water, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons of beef base
  • cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours
  • season to taste and enjoy!
This simple recipe makes a truly enjoyable stew! When you prepare it with your grandchildren be sure to talk with them about how God created the different ingredients. Lead them in thanking God for His amazing and tasty creation! As the fall settles in, enjoy stew with your family!

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