Monday, 28 December 2015

Slow Cooker Beef and Red Wine Stew


After receiving a slow cooker from my sister for Xmas, I'm eager to experiment with all types of soups, curries and maybe in whole meats. But I decided to start off with a stew, it was pretty easy to prepare and the slow cooker definitely makes everything easier. I'm quite a basic cook, but I was really impressed with how this turned out, so I thought I'd share my recipe for Beef and Red Wine Stew.




Ingredients
600g of beef
2 carrots- chopped
2 sticks of celery- chopped
1 onion chopped
100g/ cup of flour
Tin of chopped tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes chopped (optional)
250ml beef stock
250ml red wine
2 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp thyme (optional)
1 tsp marjoram (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

To Make
- Coat the beef in flour, salt and pepper in a big bowl
- Brown beef in a frying pan, I did it in 2 batches as it was easier that struggling
- Add everything to the slow cooker and stir well to mix it all up.
- Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8-9 on low. I cooked mine on high and checked after 4 hours and it was done to perfection.
- Serve in bowls with crusty bread and a nice glass of the leftover wine (hic!)

Tips and Tricks
-I coated the beef and fried it in two batches (coating the second as the first was frying)as it was easier that struggling and saved time.
- Its important to know that liquids don't evaporate in a slow cooker, so you don't have to worry about losing any and could lead to it being very alcoholic.


I also have a pinterest board for all my Slow Cooker inspiration if you'd like to check it out


I got this recipe from the booklet that came with my Slow Cooker, but changed it quite a bit,

3 comments :

  1. Oooh lovely, just the kind of recipe I like on a cold winter's night with some fluffy jacket spuds! I adore my slow cooker, it's so useful at this time of year. Curry, mulled wine, bolognese, soups... it's genius!

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  2. Great minds! I'll be posting my beef stew later this week - such great comfort food for this chilly part of the year!

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  3. This looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with us, I'm hungry now! :)

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