Slow Cooker Beef Stew - Prepped The Nighttime Before

Ya wanna know what I adore close this recipe?  Well, of course, the first thing is that it is absolutely delicious!  But, there's a 2d (and mayhap as as awesome) appear that I love.  The stew is all made inward advance the dark earlier you lot excogitation to create it!  I know ... super fabulous, right?

It is prepped at night, thrown inward the refrigerator in addition to all you lot cause got to produce is plough on the deadening cooker inward the morning.  I honey that!  It agency I don't cause got to live standing over the stove browning in addition to searing the meat when I've barely had my start loving cup of java inward the morning!  It agency I don't cause got to launder in addition to cutting potatoes inward my jammies earlier the Sun is barely up.  It, also, agency that I wake upwards to having no dishes to human face upwards brilliant in addition to early on in addition to no operate to actually live done for this recipe!  Wohoo!

I went to bed amongst the kitchen all cleaned up and woke up being able to savor a care-free forenoon ... all piece knowing dinner was taken attention of.  I mean, how difficult is it to laid the insert into the deadening cooker, dump inward the already-prepped potatoes (more on that later), laid the deadening cooker for 8 hours and walk away?

(Okay, in addition to hence mayhap I've had some mornings when those few, basic tasks would cause got seemed impossible, but that was likely dorsum inward my early-twenties ... in addition to nosotros won't move there.  I volition say ya that I likely wasn't prepping beef stew the dark earlier either!)

The fact that it is pretty darn mutual frigidness hither inward Michigan this calendar week completely justifies some type of stew or soup simmerin' away inward the deadening cooker all day!  Another bonus - my son's 5th degree music plan was the dark nosotros had this stew, in addition to hence having dinner all laid upwards to move meant less chaos inward my identify on a busy evening!

Isn't he such a handsome, niggling man?  Here he is merely earlier leaving for his concert ...

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 quick complaint ... I usage a combination of beef in addition to chicken stock inward my stew.  If you'd like, you lot tin usage merely beef stock or broth.

And, of course, this tin live pose together inward the forenoon on the twenty-four hours you lot excogitation to consume it.  If doing so, merely follow the directions all of the way through from start to finish.


1/2 - 1 pound beef stew meat (mine was close 3/4 of a pound)
1/2 loving cup all role flour
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
ii tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dark pepper
1 large onion, diced
ii bay leaves
1/4 loving cup Worcestershire sauce
ii - 3 cups stock or broth (depends on how large your potatoes - I usage or in addition to hence ii - ii 1/2 cups)
2 beef bouillon cubes
half dozen potatoes, washed and cut into chunks (you tin move out the pare on or take away - your preference)
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 stem celery, diced
Handful of push mushrooms, washed (these tin live left whole, cutting inward one-half or sliced - your preference)
1/2 - 1 loving cup frozen peas (optional)
Shake the beef stew meat inward a re-sealable plastic pocketbook amongst the flour and seasoning common salt until evenly coated. Heat the olive crude oil inward a skillet.  Add the floured stew meat to the pan and brownish on all sides.
Remove using tongs. Place into the bottom of your deadening cooker. Season amongst pepper.

Saute the diced onion in addition to mushrooms inward the same hot skillet for a yoke of minutes.  Don't worry close cleaning the pan out inward betwixt - that's added flavor!  If needed, drizzle inward a niggling to a greater extent than crude oil to the pan.
Transfer into the deadening cooker.

Pour into the pan the Worcestershire sauce in addition to broth/stock.  Add inward bouillon cubes.  Whisk until mixed ... making certain you lot scrape upwards whatever browned bits inward the bottom of the pan.  Simmer until bouillon cubes dissolve.  Turn off the heat and laid aside.  Allow to cool piece you lot prep the other veggies.
Add the carrots, celery and bay leaves to the deadening cooker. 

Now, pour the broth/Worcestershire mixture into the deadening cooker, as well.  Combine.

If you're making this the dark before, this is when you'd identify the entire deadening cooker insert (with lid on) inward the fridge.  (Say goodnight, beautiful stew-in-the-making!)
I proceed my potatoes dissever overnight by submerging them in mutual frigidness H2O (after washing in addition to cubing) in a large bowl in addition to covering.  (I notice that if I add together them to the deadening cooker amongst everything else overnight, they move overly discolored from the brownish liquid.)
Do non add together peas, if using, the dark before.
In the morning, drain H2O from potatoes and add together them into the deadening cooker.  You tin add together inward peas at this point, if using, or await until the terminal yoke of hours of cooking (this retains a little to a greater extent than of their freshness in addition to color).

Push the potatoes downward into the liquid as much as possible amongst a spoon when you lot laid out cooking.  You don't desire them to oxidize from non existence submerged.

Cook stew on depression for 8 hours.  Remove the bay leaves earlier serving.  Taste in addition to suit seasoning ... you lot may notice you lot desire a niggling common salt added or to a greater extent than pepper.  If you lot notice that you'd similar your liquid a niggling thicker at serving time, you lot tin ever mix a niggling cornstarch amongst H2O in addition to blend it into the liquid.


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