Sunday, May 25, 2008

Easy Saucy Beef Stew

This is perfect for shabbat or anytime during the week.
Start out with a nice cut of beef. This is a kosher angus beef cut, very lean and nice. Since you will be cooking all day it isn't important what kind of meat you use, it will fall apart in the pot. If you prefer, you can also use stew cubes.This is about 2 1/2 lbs of meat.
Now cut up a large sweet onion and add that along with a large hand full of small sweet carrots, peeled potatoes, chunks of turnip or rutabega. Sweet potato chunks also can add a nice flavor. You determine what you like. I have rutabega here as it lends a delicious flavor.
Add a healthy 4 Tablespoons of ketchup and a few teaspoons of A1 steak sauce. Also added are a few leaves of fresh Rosemary for seasoning. A bit of chopped garlic is tasty as well.
Now add about 4 cups of broth. You can use beef, chicken or vegetable broth it does not matter. The taste will be a bit different with each of course. Beef will give you the most intense flavor but chicken has its own delicacy.
Now I add a few tablespoons of flour to thicken the sauce as it cooks. I usually have no problem with lumps but if you are worried about this you can beat the flour into the broth before you add it.
You can add a cup of beans to the pot now . Small dry Lima Beans add the best flavor.
Set on high and cook for about 8 to 10 hours. This automatic crock pot sets for 10 hours and then automatically goes to "warm".

The meat has fallen apart and there is a rich gravy surrounding the vegetables. If you added beans there will not be as much sauce but it will still be delicious.

This recipe is great during the week served over egg noodles and with a nice tossed salad and crusty bread.


  1. I did this one. I followed the directions and made it look like the pictures but added a few other vegetables of my own.
    It was great. My husband loved it.