Thursday, January 26, 2012

Classic Beef Stew – In the Crockpot

Winter is when my Crockpot comes out from hiding in the far corner of my pots and pans shelf – and usually it stays out for a few months. The beauty of the Crockpot is you can use whatever you have in the fridge, and it’s so easy to throw a combo together that is gluten-free and allergen-free.

This week I picked up some beef stew meat at the grocery store and went with a classic:

Allergen-Free Beef Stew

1 ½ pounds of beef stew meat
4 small-medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
Additional spices to your taste
1 quart vegetable stock (make sure it contains no food allergens)

Throw all of the ingredients together in a Crockpot, set it to low heat, and let it stew for 7-8 hours. Enjoy the smells and the warmth of the house when you get home from work!

What's your favorite winter Crockpot dish?


Anonymous said...

I love beef stew! Now you've got me wanting some. I'm afraid my slow cooker does a lot of shelf sitting. I don't use it a much as I should. Have you noticed a change in slowcookers? The new ones seem to cook at a much higher temperature than they used to.

Nancy @Real Food, Allergy Free said...

This looks perfect! It's true comfort food. I'd love for you to share it at our new blog hop, Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Hope to see you there!

Colette said...

Rogene, I do think some of the new ones run very hot -- and I don't like that either. Mine is a bit older, and has two settings.

Nancy, thanks! Yes, I discovered the blog hop this week!

Anonymous said...

I agree the crockpots do cook hotter plus the lids are somehow different. They lift off even at the low temp and bubble down into the cooking part of the pot. Plus the legs on some of them are rubber and they pull out very easy.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to say the juices bubble down into the cooking part of the pot which not only makes a mess it looks terrible especially when I want to take my crockpot dish to a party or get together.

Colette said...

Anonymous, I would really hate it if my crockpot did that -- probably wouldn't use it as much as I do. Too bad they aren't making them like they used to. I recently had the same problem with a new toaster oven -- it was so hot I was afraid to leave the kitchen while it was on.

Carla at The Soupstache said...

This stew looks absolutely delicious! I will be trying it out tomorrow for dinner. Thank you for the recipe! :}