This beef stew for the slow cooker has a taste of the Caribbean (brown sugar and rum) that your whole family will love. This recipe is my own creation and uses primarily root vegetables from the ship's hold. Let this cook while you and the crew take on another adventure.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
7 hrs
total:
7 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the beef, flour, salt, and pepper in a resealable plastic bag; shake to evenly coat the beef.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the beef in the olive oil. Transfer the meat into the bottom of a slow cooker and return the skillet to the heat. Add the sweet potato, potato, celery, turnip, and parsnip. Pour the vinegar into the hot skillet to deglaze the pan, scraping loose the particles from the bottom with a spatula; empty into the slow cooker. Return the skillet to the heat and melt the butter. Cook and stir the onion in the melted butter until softened; scrape into the slow cooker.

  • Combine the pineapple juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, beef bullion, and rum in a small saucepan; cook until the bouillon cube dissolves. Pour into the slow cooker.

  • Turn the slow cooker on to High; cook for 1 hour. Switch heat to Low and cook an additional 6 hours.

Nutrition Facts

733 calories; protein 27.1g; carbohydrates 79.4g; fat 32.1g; cholesterol 83.6mg; sodium 421.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2008
We decided to try this stew based on its name alone. My boys are quite into pirates. After reading Tristan's mom's review I used a very loosely packed 1/4 cup of brown sugar but otherwise followed the directions. Instead of chopping the veggies (I thought it would never hold up in a stew) I cut them into chunks. My four year old had two helpings of the stew (and this is a kid who would never eat a parsnip or a turnip if he had a choice) as did my husband and myself. My 2 year old said it was too spicy for him. We didn't find this to be too sweet at all...a nice flavor with a teeny kick to it. We will probably make it again at some point but I might increase the sweet potatoes and decrease the parsnip/turnip pairing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/12/2009
This is VERY VERY VERY sweet. The sauce tasted like something you'd put over a dessert not stew meat. It's a great idea and could possibly be redone to be edible but not in this incarnation. I did get cute pictures of my son eating it in a pirate hat but even he only ate one bite. Thank God the ingredients were cheap. Read More
(14)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2008
We decided to try this stew based on its name alone. My boys are quite into pirates. After reading Tristan's mom's review I used a very loosely packed 1/4 cup of brown sugar but otherwise followed the directions. Instead of chopping the veggies (I thought it would never hold up in a stew) I cut them into chunks. My four year old had two helpings of the stew (and this is a kid who would never eat a parsnip or a turnip if he had a choice) as did my husband and myself. My 2 year old said it was too spicy for him. We didn't find this to be too sweet at all...a nice flavor with a teeny kick to it. We will probably make it again at some point but I might increase the sweet potatoes and decrease the parsnip/turnip pairing. Read More
(25)
Rating: 2 stars
08/12/2009
This is VERY VERY VERY sweet. The sauce tasted like something you'd put over a dessert not stew meat. It's a great idea and could possibly be redone to be edible but not in this incarnation. I did get cute pictures of my son eating it in a pirate hat but even he only ate one bite. Thank God the ingredients were cheap. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
Ahoy matey - wonderful change from tradition beef stew. We tried with pork and was just as good as the beef. Always in demand at our house. We dress like pirates and can only speak in pirate lingo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
My family said this recipe was a 'keeper'...the best stew they had ever had...and I was amazed that my son ate parsnips and turnips and said they were delicious! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
09/20/2010
Sorry I didn't like it. Just kind of blah. I did omit the sugar as per other reviewers. My company ate it and complimented me but they maybe they were just being polite. Vegetable Beef Stew by Ruth Rodriguez is way better. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/28/2011
Too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2013
Seeing as the recipe didn't specify what type of rum to use I used Appleton Estate. And as such I found a spiced rum a little too strong of a taste when you use 3 tbsp worth. In the future I'd probably cut it to two tbsp of spiced rum or substitute White Rum into the mix. Overall though it was a nice change of pace. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/22/2013
I was not crazy about this stew. I felt like I wasted food. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2011
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