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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Crockpot plain and thick beef stew



This is your basic plain, great tasting, thick winter stew.
3 medium potatoes (I used about 6 small red potatoes with skin left on chopped ) Chop to size
you prefer .
2 lbs beef stew meat
4 medium carrots chopped
3 celery ribs sliced.
2 medium onions chopped
2 cups of low sodium V8 juice
1 cup water
1/3 cup quick cooking tapioca
1 tab. sugar
salt according to your preference
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp black pepper
add salt to taste
Put the chopped potatoes, carrots, and celery in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes on stove.
Then place the beef in the crockpot--and put chopped onions on top along with the drained parboiled veggies. In a bowl combine the water, v8 juice,tapioca, sugar , salt, basil and pepper. Pour over the veggies. Cover and Cook on low for about 9 hours or until meat and veggies are tender. I sometimes cook it on low for 2 hours and then on high 3 hours--if I am home.
The tapioca thickens the sauce as it cooks---so this is so easy and good. Great with home made bread! Makes about 6 hardy servings.

4 comments:

Chris said...

This looks like a nice recipe for a winter's day :-) Can you just tell me what V8 juice is, I don't think we have it in the UK.

nannykim said...

the v8 juice is a tomato based vegtable juice---you could just substitute tomato juice---the v8 just has lots more flavor!

Anonymous said...

One of the best and easiest recipes I have found. This is sure to become one of our "regular" winter stew reicpes. Thanks.

nannykim said...

Good, I am glad you enjoyed it!