Thursday, September 10

Beef & Bean Stew

I know its still hot outside, but even in the scorching summer I still crave beef stew. I love the fall-apart beef and hot flavorful vegetables. This time I added a can of soft cannellini beans that just melt in your mouth. I threw everything in the crock pot (the best invention ever!), went about my day and forgot about it. When I got home, dinner was ready and delicious!

Beef & Bean Stew
1.5 lb boneless beef chuck or round cut into 1 inch cubes (I bought mine already cut)
olive oil
Salt 'n' peppa
1 leek, sliced
3 cups stock
1/2 cup red wine
3 medium potatoes, cut into quarters (I left the skin on, but you can peel them if you want)
1 carrot, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 can cannellini beans, washed and drained
1 sprig fresh thyme

1 Heat a saute pan over medium heat with olive oil and let get very hot. Season beef cubes with salt and pepper and brown on the hot pan. Work in batches as to not overcrowd the pan. Cook on both sides until brown.
2 Throw browned beef into the crock pot. In the same pan, cook leeks and carrots until softened. Season with salt and pepper and throw into the crock pot with the beef.
3 Pour stock, red wine, potatoes, and beans on top and give a good stir in the crock pot. Set on low for about 8 hours or 4 hours on the high setting.


Leslie said...

The slow cooker..I agree, the best invention ever!

Stacey Snacks said...

Is it beef stew season already?
I am not ready.
I still have corn and tomatoes sitting here waiting to eat!
I want to prolong summer for as long as possible.
Maybe in a few weeks, though this looks delicious!

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh, I love that, too! I crave this kind of comfort food no matter the weather :D

Heavenly Housewife said...

This looks so warming and delicious, a perfect dinner for the autumn

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very comforting! A wonderful fall/winter dish!



Jen (Modern Beet) said...

It may still be hot where you live, but it's definitely entering beef stew season where I am! Quick question -- did you use beef stock? or a mixture of beef/chicken or beef/veg?

Cate O'Malley said...

It's a chilly, rainy day here - this looks just about perfect right now.

Faith said...

Beef stew is definitely the perfect meal to come home to after a long day! By the way, I love your gorgeous bowl!

maybelle's mom said...

just bought a slowcooker and i am loving it.

Lynda said...

Still warm here, but I am right with you regarding a good beef stew. One of these days I'll get a crock pot, and with this recipe I am tempted. For now it's long and slow in the oven.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

I bet this is wonderful in the slow cooker, tender and delicious. It turned cold here today - this would be perfect!

nora@ffr said...

delicious!! its heavily raining here!! perfect stew to have right now!! thanx :)

Olga said...

What a simple list of ingredients, yet a wonderful result!

It's still summer here too, but I think September is technically Fall, so I'm craving chili and cornbread.

Chef Fresco said...

Crock pots are the best! I love some fall-apart beef!

Mini Baker said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You've got so many yummy recipes :)
-Mini Baker
ps. gotta love those slow cookers! anything that will do your work FOR you!