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Savory Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Herbs

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Introduction:
Beef stew, a comforting classic, is a dish that has been cherished for generations. Its origins trace back to medieval Europe when it was a humble peasant dish. Over the centuries, it has evolved into a beloved culinary staple around the world. In this article, we will explore the art of creating a delectable Savory Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Herbs. The slow cooker method not only ensures tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef but also allows the flavors of herbs and vegetables to meld beautifully. With minimal hands-on time and a bounty of flavors, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights or cozy weekends. Let’s dive into this hearty and aromatic recipe.

Historical Context: The history of beef stew can be traced back to the Middle Ages when the cooking methods and ingredients available were quite different from today. Back then, stewing was a practical way to transform tough cuts of meat into a palatable meal. The use of herbs and vegetables helped to mask any undesirable flavors. Over time, as culinary techniques and ingredients evolved, beef stew became a versatile and beloved dish in various cuisines, from French “Bœuf Bourguignon” to Irish “Irish Stew.”

Preparation:

Step 1: Prepare the Beef

  • Start by cubing the beef stew meat into bite-sized pieces if it’s not already pre-cut. Pat the meat dry with paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Season the beef with salt and pepper, then dredge it in flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Sear the beef in the hot skillet until it’s browned on all sides. This should take about 5 minutes. Transfer the seared beef to a plate.

Step 2: Sauté Aromatics

  • In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté them for about 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant and translucent.

Step 3: Assemble in the Slow Cooker

  • Place the seared beef, sautéed onion, and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • Add the sliced carrots, cubed potatoes, bay leaves, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Step 4: Add Liquids

  • Pour in the beef broth and red wine (if using). These liquids will infuse the stew with depth of flavor.
  • Give everything a gentle stir to combine the ingredients evenly.

Step 5: Slow Cook to Perfection

  • Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. The long, slow cooking time allows the beef to become tender and the flavors to meld.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

  • Once the cooking time is up, remove the bay leaves.
  • Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper if needed.
  • Ladle the savory beef stew into bowls, garnish with chopped fresh parsley, and serve hot.

Conclusion: Savory Slow-Cooker Beef Stew with Herbs is a dish that brings comfort and warmth to your table. With its rich history and the convenience of a slow cooker, this recipe combines tradition and modernity. The tender beef, aromatic herbs, and hearty vegetables make it a timeless favorite. Whether you’re serving it on a chilly winter night or for a family gathering, this stew is sure to satisfy and delight your taste buds. Enjoy the heartwarming flavors of this classic dish!

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Time is: 6-8 hours. Servings: 6.
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Time is: 6-8 hours. Servings: 6.

Equipment

  • Slow cooker

  • Large skillet

  • Cutting board and knife

  • Wooden spoon

  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (900g) beef stew meat, cubed

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 cup (240ml) beef broth

  • 1 cup (240ml) red wine (optional)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

1
Prepare the beef.
2
Sauté aromatics.
3
Assemble in the slow cooker.
4
Slow cook to perfection.
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