November 10, 2008


Crockpot Beef Stew

The other day I was in the kitchen when a heard a noise coming from one of my cabinets. I was pretty sure we didn't have mice, but what could it be? I opened the door cautiously. Imagine my surprise when I heard the noise again and realized it was my crockpot! Yes, she was crying out for attention. You see, I have been very guilty of crockpot neglect. I didn't just forget to get her out after the hot summer months were over. She's been neglected for a long time.

I do have an excuse. There's been a new love in my life--my pressure cooker. He's very sleek and handsome and cooks meals in minutes rather than hours. But my poor crockpot. It's not as if she's totally useless. I pulled her out of the cabinet and gave it some thought. Then I remembered there is one thing my pressure cooker is not good at. One thing that we like to eat and my crockpot is great at. One thing that I happened to have the ingredients for. Beef stew!

My pressure cooker is not good at making beef stew because the vegetables cook way to quickly. In a crockpot, the vegetables cook slowly. So slowly they need to be cut small and/or thin. I set to work making beef stew, and boy was my crock pot happy! She proudly sat on my counter all afternoon and as expected, produced a fine pot of beef stew by dinner time.

The recipe follows, but before I get to that I want to mention a crockpot tip that some of you might not know. When cooking potatoes in the crockpot, cut them up and swish them around in a bowl of water that has about 1 tsp. cream of tartar added to it. This prevent the potatoes from turning brown. Drain the water and add the potatoes to the recipe as normal.

Gluten-Free Crockpot Beef Stew

2 lbs. stew meat, cubed
1/4 c. rice flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
3 large carrots, thinly sliced
4 medium potatoes, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 1/2 c. beef broth

Place the meat in the crock pot. Sprinkle the flour, salt, and pepper over top and stir to coat the meat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and cook on low 10 hours or high 4-6 hours. Stir and remove the bay leaf before serving.

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Sounds like a great recipe. I can't wait until I can make your Mexican casserole. Have you posted that one yet, if not you should. I would also post the spice cake, that was sooo yummy!
Thanks again for dinner, we all had a great time, the kids are still talking about it. Liam starting talking about Ryan tonight during dinner!
I love a good beef stew. It is cool here, tonight, and I am wishing for this stew! I am so glad you joined us for our Tempting Tuesday! I hope you keep coming back.
Growing up I was terrified of the pressure cooker! It used to yell, scream and steam when it was ready and I would go hiding. Maybe that is why I am so in love with my crockpot today. It is so loved the handles are broken and it is standing on 3 legs. But I can't stand to replace it.

I can't wait to try your recipe!
This sounds delish! I can never get my potatoes right in the crockpot as they never seem to be done. I'm actually doing a roast in the crockpot today but I'm going to do potatoes on the side, I think.

Have a great day!
That looks really delicious Lisa! I LOVE LOVE LOVE homey comfort foods! I will definitely have to try your recipe!
The key to getting the potatoes done is cut thin slices or dice them pretty small. This time I diced them.
Mmmm, I love beef stew! I haven't made one a long time. I will definitely make some this winter. I put turnip/rutabaga and shredded green cabbage in mine. The cabbage cooks down and thickens the stew. Yum!

Looks Good! Thanks for sharing a new way to cook gluten free. I'm sure it would be better for all of us!
RYC: Thanks for the compliment about the photo, but I found it on the Taste of Home website. I usually post where I find photos, but I forgot that time. Have a great week!

ohhh yummy ! homemade beef stew, this definately sounds like a keeper!
Thanks for adding this to my CrockPot carnival! Sounds yummy!

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