Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Maiden Voyage of the Crock Pot
I received a crockpot as a gift in December, and it finally made its maiden voyage last week. I decided on traditional beef stew. It was really easy and it came out delicious. Sadly the picture doesn't do it justice. There are a lot of ingredients but I felt like most of them I had on hand and they weren't crazy things I'd never use again. I have printed out the recipe below. Enjoy!
2 Tbs all purpose flour
1 pound beef or pork stew meat, cut into cubes
2 Tbs cooking oil
2.5 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup frozen cut green beans*
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn* (can substitute 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables for beans and corn)
1 cup sliced carrot
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
2 teaspoons instant beef bouillion granules
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon driged majoram or basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
2.5 cups vegetable juice (like V8)
1. Place flour in a plastic bag. Add meat cubes and shake until meat is coated with flour. In a dutch oven (I used a fry pan) brown the meat in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, turning to brown evenly.
2. In a 3.5-4 quart slow cooker layer potatoes, green beans, corn, carrot and onion. Add meat. Add bouillion granules, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, marjoram (or basil) pepper and bay leaf. Pour vegetable juice over all.
3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10-12 hours or on hight setting for 5 to 6 hours until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Ladle into bowls.