This is a stick-to-the-ribs stew I learned as a child from my Gram's. If you like a thicker stew, you can use more cornstarch.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs 30 mins
total:
3 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef to the oil and season with the sage; cook the beef until browned on all sides; drain.

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  • Place beef, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onion, celery seed, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and beef bouillon in a slow cooker; season with salt. Pour enough water over the mixture to cover. Set slow cooker to HIGH and cover. Cook for 4 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Whisk together the cornstarch and warm water in a small bowl until smooth; stir through the stew. Allow the stew to cook until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

746 calories; protein 51.2g 103% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; fat 40.1g 62% DV; cholesterol 159.7mg 53% DV; sodium 281.1mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2009
This was a Great recipe my family loved it. I did tweek it a little I added 2 cups more of broth and I substituted the wine with a little broth (have small kids) I also added some celery flakes and some frozen pees. other than that it was a Great dish!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/10/2008
I was very disappointed with this recipe. The cooking time is way off. Had to move it to a pot on the stove to finish cooking it to have it for a supper that was later than I planned. I will not make it again. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
11/09/2008
I was very disappointed with this recipe. The cooking time is way off. Had to move it to a pot on the stove to finish cooking it to have it for a supper that was later than I planned. I will not make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2009
This was a Great recipe my family loved it. I did tweek it a little I added 2 cups more of broth and I substituted the wine with a little broth (have small kids) I also added some celery flakes and some frozen pees. other than that it was a Great dish!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2009
I found this recipe very basic but with a little creativity it was very good. I added some of my own spices and the cook time is also off I ended up cooking on high for 6 hours. But in the end it was pretty good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2010
This was a good base to jump from. Instead of water and powdered beef I added a can of condensed beef boullion (soup) and a can of condensed consumé soup. And then I went crazy because I had some things to get rid of so I added about 2 oz of saké and half a can of poutine sauce (similar to chicken gravy) that were taking up space on my counter. Usually when I start throwing things in like that it ends up tasting like a mistake -- but not this time. It's absolutely delicious. So I gave myself 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2011
Thank you Kel67. Great recipe. Tried it and just keep on making it. Would not change a thing. Your Gram's cooking is what keeps the memories alive. Keep up the good work. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/13/2009
Cook time was way off and needed to add more cornstarch that it called for. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2011
I found this pretty flavorless. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2012
I haven't even finished cooking it yet but it smells wonderful. I tasted it and it was absolutely delightful. The sage reminds me of Thanksgiving Day when I was a child. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2013
This was pretty good but I think the addition of an Irish stout would have put this over the top! The husband said it could have been thicker but that was my fault for not adding more cornstarch. Read More
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