Sunday, March 24, 2013

13 Delicious ~ Semi Crock Pot Stew

What I Love About a Crock Pot

Nothing better, after a long day of work, coming home and smelling dinner cooking inside. No one is home but the crock pot has been busy.

I love a great crock pot recipe so when my friend Kim raved about a recipe she found on Pinterest I was eager to give it a try!

What I Hate about a Crock Pot Stew

When meat and veggies cook at the same time and temp they tend to get mushy...the potatoes taste like the carrots...the carrots taste like individual flavors..just "a" flavor.

Semi Crock Pot Beef Stew

Meat cooks in the crock pot all day 
+ 45 minutes of stove top cooking 
= Perfect Beef Stew!

I LOVE the idea that the meat cooks by itself all day creating an amazing flavor! After you get home from a hectic day....throw a few more things together....Dinner is Served!

The Evening Before ~ Prep Time

We decided to change up the original recipe (since my Hubby never follows any directions to a "T") plus we wanted to have as much prepared ahead of time as possible.

The recipe called for 2 pounds of stew meat but we used some ribeye steaks from the freezer and Todd cut them into large chunks.

Season the meat with salt, pepper and some chopped garlic.  

Brown meat on all sides in 1 1/2 TBL olive oil

Allow to cool and then place meat and all juices from pan into the refrigerator overnight.

Cut up 4-5 celery stalks and 5-6 carrots and place in zip-lock bag.
Chop 1/2 head cabbage and place in zip-lock bag
Place bags into refrigerator.

Morning ~ Prep Time

Place cubed meat into crock pot with two bay leaves.

Cover with 2 - 15 oz cans of diced tomato  (I used Del Monte with garlic and onion)

Set crock pot on low and set for 8 hours.

8 Hours Later...

 Stove Top Time

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large stock pot

Chop 1 large onion and add to stock pot.

Add carrots and celery from zip-lock bags

Cook over medium high heat for several minutes until onion starts to soften.

Add 4-5 diced Yukon Gold potatoes
1 box (32 oz) of beef broth

 Let simmer for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes add beef mixture from crock pot. (minus bay leaves)

Add another box (32 oz) of beef broth.

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low.

Add can (15 oz) corn.

Allow soup to simmer 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Add chopped cabbage and remove from heat.

Cover and allow cabbage to wilt for 10 minutes.

Stir and Serve!

Great meal for a cool night!

We were able to freeze two containers for future meals!
I LOVE when that happens!!

Enjoy with your favorite beverage!

I hope you enjoy this stew as much as we did!

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  1. It's funny because I use my crockpot for almost everything EXCEPT stews. I agree that everything tastes mushy and the same. I like it much more for creamy dishes, chilis, and cheesy dishes.

    1. Me too...that's why I LOVE this stew recipe! You get the best of both worlds, as my Nana would say!
      Thanks for stopping by! If you try the stew let me know!

  2. I found your link at Seven-alive. This looks delicious! It is a great mix of both worlds :) I have started a new link party is called "Pin it Again" Friday...stop by and link up your specific pin so that others can then pin it for their followers too with ease. Hope you can stop by and bring your stew. Blessings! Diane

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Mary Beth

    1. It really is Mary Beth! Thanks for hosting!
      Hope you are having a great week as well!

  4. Hi Sharon,
    I'm visiting from the Cupcakes hop. This looks delicious. Great idea, I will have to give it a try. I'm your newest fan and follower. Hope you will visit my blog and hopefully want to follow back. Also while you're there make sure you enter the April Candy drawing.
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    1. Thanks April! I'm following you back!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. this sounds seriously delish - I'm totally with you on wanting to keep the flavors and textures distinct and ohhhh so comforting...great idea!

    c'mon over & check out for a yummy dip recipe/contest going on now where you or one of your readers (if ya wanna spread the word) could win $1500 smackaroos!! yay!

  6. Thanks for sharing your yummy stew at Project Inspired - pinned to our group party pinboard - hope to see you at tomorrow nights party too!

  7. The stew looks great, so does your drink ;-)

  8. What a fabulous idea! I never thought about cooking the meat separately, but you are so right, the potatoes get mushy. I am definitely going to try your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Comfort Food party. Stew says comfort to me, for sure! xoxo


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