I have a beef stew recipe that I absolutely LOVE! The only downside to it is that it takes a long, long time to make. If I'm home all day to work on it, that's one thing. Sometimes, however, it's nice just to throw things in the crockpot in the morning and know that dinner will be done when you're ready for it. This is my "go to" recipe for those times when I'm craving beef stew that's so easy it practically cooks itself. Check out Sandra's for more Slow Cooking Thursday.
Crockpot Beef Stew
2 lbs. beef stew meat
1/2 c. flour
1 bay leaf
1T worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. beef broth
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
6 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
4 lg. potatoes, peeled and chunked
12 pearl onions
1/2 bag peas
Coat meat with flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Set aside any extra flour. Brown meat in hot oil. In slow cooker combine beef, bay leaf, worcestershire, chopped onion, bouillon, pepper, salt, sugar and vegetables (leave out peas at this point). Pour water over all and cook on low 8-10 hours.
Half hour before done, add peas.
Turn control to high. Thicken with flour left over (apx. 1/4c.) dissolved in small amount of water. Cover and cook until slightly thickened.