Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Best Beef Stew

Yet another recipe from my Fix It Quick: Slow Cooker. Hubby is a BIG meat and potatoes guy, so beef stew is definitely a favorite of his. I'm not huge on beef stew so I wanted to try something different--this was definitely amazing!!! We will be making this again for sure.

1/2c plus 2T flour, divided
2t salt
1t pepper
3lbs beef for stew, cut into 1" pieces
16oz diced tomatoes in juice, undrained (I used the Italian style with the garlic and herbs)
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2lb smoked sausage, diced (I used HOT italian per David's request)
1c. chopped leak
1c. chopped onion
1/2c chicken broth
3cloves garlic, minced
1t thyme
3T water

Combine 1/2c flour, salt, and pepper in resealable plastic food storage bag. Add beef; shake bag to coat beef. Place beef in slowcooker. Add remaining ingredients except 2 T flour and water. Stir well. Cover; cook on LOW 8-12 hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours.

One hour before serving; turn slow cooker to high. Combine 2T flour with 3T water, stir until mixture becomes paste. Stir mixture into slowcooker; mix well. Cover and cook until thickened.

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