Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Easy Peasy Weeknight Beef Stew

The past few nights have been rather chilly, so I decided that Beef Stew (click for printable recipe) would be a great choice for dinner tonight. With limited prep time, I opted for a little help from my "friends". (McCormicks makes a great beef stew seasoning packet, leftover chopped onions and celery from Thanksgiving, canned beef stock, and Charles Shaw Cabernet SauvignonThe method is time friendly and can be done as you are getting ready for work. Sautee the beef in hot oil then remove from the pan.  In the beef sauce, sautee the onions, celery, and a bit of crushed garlic.  Once that is nice and golden, remove from the pot, and deglaze with the red wine.  Once a sauce has been created add ingredients, with the remaining half packet of spice and beef broth back into the pot, and cook for a bit.  Transfer all ingredients into a waiting (heated) crock pot.  Set to low and cook for 8 hours.  When you get home, the aroma of a home cooked stew wafts through the house.  I served this with bread rolls.  Make lots because it tastes better in days that follow.


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