Do you go on a regular date night with your husband or significant other? I like to go out once a week because honestly by the end of the week I'm totally ready to let someone else cook and get away from kinds for a few hours and feel like a grown up. Matt and I both enjoy a lot of the same things which makes planning dates easy and fun. As consistent as we are there are some weekends that we don't make it out and date night ends up being a Netflix binge of blacklist and picking up a few pints of Haagen-Dazs. On those nights in I still love to have a delicious dinner and this Crock-Pot beef stew recipe is delicious and easy, you may even feel like you are eating out!
Crock-Pot Beef Stew
- 1 lb chuck roast, cut into 1" pieces
- 3 medium potatoes, cubed into 1" pieces
- 4 medium carrots, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cups beef broth
- 2 cups V-8 juice
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Turn your crock pot on to high heat. Place all your chopped veggies- potatoes, carrots, celery & onion into the crock pot with the beef broth, v8 juice, spices & bay leaves.
- In a gallon size ziplock bag add the cornstarch and salt and pepper, then dump your meat into the bag. Seal it and then shake the bag to coat the meat with the cornstarch.
- In a medium saute pan heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Once its hot add the cornstarch covered beef. Do not move, let it sizzle and brown on one side for 3-4 minutes and then flip to the other side. You want to give it a good sear on all sides but not cook all the way through. 3-4 minutes on each side is plenty. Put meat into the crock pot with the rest of the ingredients.
- Put your saute pan back over medium heat and pour the red wine in the pan, using your spatula scrape all the bits from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine simmer for a few minute and then dump the wine with all that was in the pan into the crock-pot.
- Let cook on high for 1-2 hours and then serve warm.
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If you're engaged you are probably registering at Target, because I mean Target is kind of the best store ever. And you're probably swimming in a sea of "what the heck do I need?" Well ladies you need a Crock-Pot. Being able to pop ingredients in it and have dinner ready when you get home is slightly miraculous.
Here are some of my favorite items from Target. The placemat and bowl that I used in the above stew pictures are shown below. Love that bowl, by the way, the slim little metallic edge is gorgeous and the color is so versatile you can use it all the time.