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Slow-Cooker Classic Beef Stew

Slow-Cooker Classic Beef Stew

Ingredients:

4 pounds bottom round, well trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup olive oil (plus more if needed)
2 cups onions, diced
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 cup dry red wine
1 pound potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (used half regular & sweet potatoes)
2 cups carrots
2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves (used fresh thyme)
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
IMG_0796 IMG_0798Coat the beef in the flour. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, a few pieces at a time, adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
IMG_0790 IMG_0791 Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and coat the onions; transfer to the cooker.
IMG_0802Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add to the cooker. Stir in the potatoes, carrots, broth, salt, thyme, and bay leaf.
IMG_0804 Cover and cook on low heat for 7 1/2 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Add the peas and heat through.
IMG_0815 IMG_0821*I usually use my slow cooker when it’s a hectic day and don’t have time prepare and cook. It’s still cooking just in one pot. Beef stews you can never go wrong, I cooked it for 6 hours on low. I added sweet potatoes along with it. One hearty meal…enJOY!!!
Source: Real Simple

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