Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV
Made this on a snowy winter day; it made the house smell good all day long and our tummies full at the end of the day! Best stew I have ever had.
Made this on a snowy winter day; it made the house smell good all day long and our tummies full at the end of the day! Best stew I have ever had.
This is a wonderful recipe. Please don't be deterred by the "extra preparation" noted in some of the reviews. Every step is worth it, from browning the meat to deglazing the pan. This hearty and flavorful stew satisfied my family and dinner guests. Everyone went back for more. I followed the recipe as written, using merlot for the red wine because I like the rich flavor and Yukon Gold potatoes because I like their taste and texture and they were on hand for the Potato Fougasse (potato bread with olive oil and rosemary) I made to accompany the stew. They were wonderful together. Trust your instincts when thickening the stew once it is done. Some reviews complained about consistency but you really need to decide what it needs for yourself using more or less of a flour/water paste than indicated. Do what works for you. (And by the way, if you have extra merlot use it with the flour instead of water to thicken the stew to impart some extra flavor.)Read More
Me and my hubby did not care for this. I used Merlot wine, maybe that had something to do with the strange flavor, I don't know. The house smelled wonderful while it was cooking, but the taste did not match the smell. I won't make this again. :(Read More
This is a wonderful recipe. Please don't be deterred by the "extra preparation" noted in some of the reviews. Every step is worth it, from browning the meat to deglazing the pan. This hearty and flavorful stew satisfied my family and dinner guests. Everyone went back for more. I followed the recipe as written, using merlot for the red wine because I like the rich flavor and Yukon Gold potatoes because I like their taste and texture and they were on hand for the Potato Fougasse (potato bread with olive oil and rosemary) I made to accompany the stew. They were wonderful together. Trust your instincts when thickening the stew once it is done. Some reviews complained about consistency but you really need to decide what it needs for yourself using more or less of a flour/water paste than indicated. Do what works for you. (And by the way, if you have extra merlot use it with the flour instead of water to thicken the stew to impart some extra flavor.)
This is a perfectly simple, yet delicious, beef stew recipe. I should probably rate it 5 stars, but since I slightly tweeked the recipe I give it a four since my rule is 5 stars only if I make no changes. The only changes I made are to add 4 cloves of garlic, I used 1 cup water and 2 cups Merlot for my liquid (it still could have used another cup of liquid), but the extra wine added a richness water could not achieve. I also used more carrots since the pot seemed to be lacking. Simple changes to suit our taste. Seasoned just right...didn't add or regret not adding any seasoning. Kept us warm and satisfied! Thanks.
This was REALLY good...the meat was kind of dry but that might be user error ... :) I'll still give it a 5. (of course my house still smells like stew...) I used about 1.25# of meat or so, Lipton beefy onion soup mix, 2 small packs of baby carrots, 2 red potatoes, and 1 onion. I didn't saute the onions in butter either. I prepped this the night before, and next morning, popped it in the crock pot. It cooked on low for 12 hrs (might account for the dryness). The meat shredded easily. My fiance thought it was tasty, so I think this recipe is a keeper. I might add some beef broth next time for more liquid to combat the dryness. The pepper really gives it a little kick! I didn't have to thicken the gravy because I had dumped in the flour from the meat. All in all, a successful first crock pot experience... :) *note - I've made this several times now, and adding the can of beef broth really helps! From now on, I'll make sure all of my crock pot dishes have enough liquid to cover the meat! I also have been using sweet potatoes in lieu of regular potatoes...yum!
This was one delicious stew! I am not a great fan of beef stews but this one was so good even I had seconds! My husband thought it was outstanding. The only thing extra I did was add about 1 1/2 cups frozen peas to have more vegetables. I made this on a cold snowy day and the house was so full of wonderful smells our mouths were watering by dinnertime!! I will be making this often in the winter months!
My husband has been asking me to make him some stew so I gave this recipe a try. He loved it! I used 2 cups of beef broth instead of 2 cups of water and also used some Au Jus seasoning with the soup mix. I also added in some fresh garlic and mushrooms. I will definately make this again.
I made this last night, and it turned out great, the best beef stew I ever made. I let my mom try it and she loved it. Only thing that would make it better is if I did not cut the potatoes and carrots into big chunks but bite size pieces!! Will make again.
Excellent! I sub'd small pearl onions and small potatoes, both cut in half. We really enjoyed the stew!
5 stars with my revisions. I made this for the first time and it was amazing. I also halved the recipe. Its just me and my hubby. To the initial bag of flour I did add some fresh ground black pepper while shaking up the beef to coat with flour and pepper. I used 2 carrots and 2 celery stalks and 1 can diced tomatoes. I did add a chicken and a beef bouillion cube to the boiling water as well as the Onion Soup Mix. And I increased the boiling water mixture by 1/4 c so that I could use it at the end to make the flour mixture to thicken the stew. I sauted 1 medium onion and 3 garlic cloves and then added that to the bottom of the crockpot. I also browned the meat and then removed it from the pan and then used about 1/2c of red wine (Pinot Noir) to scrape up the brown bits using my wooden spoon. I didnt use any butter, only used Olive Oil. To the crockpot I did add 1/2t of Paprika, 1t of Worcesetershire sauce and a couple of shakes of salt, way less then 1/2t. I poured the wine brown bits into the crock pot. I placed it on hi and it was ready to eat in 3 1/2hours. My God, this was so amazing. I was in heaven, so was my hubby and it disappeared! We ate this for 3 days straight, lunch and dinner and had double servings. OMG, thanks for posting a great basic recipe that turned out fantastic to our tastes.
Me and my hubby did not care for this. I used Merlot wine, maybe that had something to do with the strange flavor, I don't know. The house smelled wonderful while it was cooking, but the taste did not match the smell. I won't make this again. :(
Excellent stew! I did change a few things (very similar to what others have done). Veggie changes: I used about 2.5 cups baby carrots and 1 small bag of red potatoes (rinsed and put in crock-pot whole!) Instead of boiling water to mix with the dry onion soup mix I used boiling beef broth (from a carton). I increased the red wine to 3/4 cup. After everything was in the crock-pot it seemed like it still needed more liquid, so I added the rest of the carton of beef broth! I omitted the last step (thickening) - didn't need it to me! Even my 3 year old nephew loved this dish and he is a very picky eater! This is a keeper for sure.
Oh my goodness this beef stew recipe was really good, I read alot I mean alot of the reviews on it and took peoples advice and added more spices (Salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder) and used Lipton beefy onion dry soup mix along with beef stck instead of water and wine since we dont drink. I also added celery, peas and a large clove of garlic along with the veggies mentioned in the recipe. At first I was not to sure about the smell it was not what I was expecting but then the moment we tryed it everything was so so yummy and day 2 is even better. So try this one out because it is a sure thing!!!! Enjoy because I know I did.
I did have to tweak this recipe a bit, but I still believe it's worthy of a five star rating. I could never make a stew without adding some garlic, and so 5 minced cloves went into the crock pot. I also added some celery chunks and replaced the water with a hearty red wine. Super delicious, warming and hearty! And please remember, you don't have to follow recipes to a T. If you have a little cooking experience under your belt, then use your own instincts to make these recipes yours. For instance, some reviewers gave a lower rating to this recipe because they thickened the stew too much. But that's completely avoidable. Simply add the water/flour mixture slowly, stir and see how thick it gets. If it's thick enough before you use it all up, stop. You're done. Oh, and using red wine in place of the water for thickening will give a deep, layered flavor to your stew this is fabulous. If you don't like cooking with wine, then I would advise using beef broth in place of the water in this recipe.
This is the best stew I have ever eaten! Everyone in the family loves when I make it. I only change a couple things. Instead of using a bag to mix the beef and flour mixture in, I find it easier to use a medium container with lid. It coats more evenly and is a bit less messy. I also prepare the Lipton onion soup with one cup water and one cup wine, and use about 1/2 cup wine at the end instead of 1/4 cup. Yes, it sounds like a bit much wine, but it adds wonderful flavor (I use Merlot).
Really good, it took about 45 minutes to prep. I doubled the meat, let it marinade in about 1 cup of red wine and minced garlic. Then tossed them in the flour and seasonings, and browned little at a time as to not crowed the meat. I used 2 cups of beef broth instead of water and used another 1 cup of red wine and dried fresh thyme from my garden. It was amazing..
Good stew! While I enjoyed this quite a bit, I still prefer the stew recipe from my "Fix it & Forget It" cookbook that I stumbled upon years ago. This recipe is really just a pot roast in stew form. The next time I make this, I'd do just that - skip the stew meat and instead add a large roast to my slow cooker (or set the expectation up front and call this "pot roast stew"). I'd also bulk up on the carrots (love em!), add some celery and serve over egg noodles to sop up the yummy gravy. I pretty much followed IAMROSIE's directions to the letter except for subbing beef broth for the water added to the corstarch mixture (I had just enough for that but not enough to sub for the boiling water added to the onion soup mix) and using beefy onion mix instead of plain 'ol onion soup mix (again, because I didn't have enough broth to sub for the H2O called for). I also peeled my potatoes (personal preference). My wine of choice was merlot. I cooked everything exactly as directed with excellent results. NOTE: Don't let the cornstarch mixture fool you.... I thought it would be a slurry (i.e. watery), but it turned out to be a very thick paste. Once added to my slow cooker, it dissolved and worked its magic! :) Served with J.P.'s big daddy's biscuits and simple baked apples for dessert (two recipes on this site), this was a nice fall meal. Thanks for sharing, IAMROSIE! :-)
This was sooo delicious! Even my picky kids ate it. I followed it exactly except I marinated the meat for 3 hours in red wine and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. I also used half the onion and eliminated salt since I had used soy sauce in the marinade. The meat was really tender and full of flavor. I am tossing out all my other beef stew recipes!
Delicious and healthy! I used all of the reviewer reccommendations and think all the fresh veggies make it the best. My favourites are sweet potato, green beans, mushrooms and peas- yum! I only used one onion and less butter than reccommended and it is still amazingly flavourful- mmmm!
This is a fantastic stew. However, as the servings imply, it is a very big recipe. This will not fit in a 5-quart Crockpot. To make it fit, I eliminated one pound of beef, two potatoes, and one onion.
i have been making this for years. it is basic stew and its never fail. i always omit salt when using wine. i do add extra pepper.and a bay leaf..
Made this for my New Year's party and it was a hit. It turned out to be way to much to fit in my 3.5 qt slow cooker, so I did it in an enameled cast iron pot with lid in the oven. Added a bit more liquid, started at 300 for half an hour, then down to about 240. I thought it would still take 7 hours, but it took much less. I'm not sure exactly, but I think it was around 4 hours. Came out great, and even better the next couple of days.
Top of the "easy" list and very tasty too. Freezes well. Will make this winner again.
Wow! We love, love, LOVE this beef stew! We made some modification based on what other reviewers had said, and the final product was amazing. We browned the flour and salt, plus 1/2tsp. paprika and garlic covered meat, then put it in the crockpot. In the same pan as the meat, I browned the onions until soft, then added 4 Tbsp. minced garlic, waited until it was fragrant, and then turned off the heat and added 3/4 of wine, making sure to scrape all the browned bits up. Then I put that mixture in the crockpot. I added the carrots, parsley, pepper, and onion soup like the recipe called for, and exchanged the water for beef broth, and added 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp. Paprika, 2 Bay leafs, 1 tsp. thyme and rosemary. I omitted the potatoes, and served it over egg noddles. This made for an amazing stew! Can't wait to make it again!
Wonderful recipe - this is a keeper! Took a little longer than 15 minutes for the prep (unless all your vegies/potatoes are pre-cut), so maybe expect more like 30 minutes for the prep. I followed the recipe pretty closely except for liberally adding a few teaspoons of garlic (crushed - the fresh garlic that comes in a jar) and making the liquid half bordeaux wine and half water. Loved the flavor and aroma the wine added, but next time I will probably use beef stock instead of the water and maybe add some Worcestershire sauce to give it a more robust beefy taste - and make the total liquid added to the slow cooker equal about a cup more than specified in the recipe. I wouldn't be shy about adding a few more spices - like rosemary, fresh ground black pepper, etc. to taste. I don't like the idea of the MSG in the onion soup mix, but I would not leave the onion soup mix out - this recipe benefits tremendously from its taste. I think it would definitely be missing something significant without it. I cooked mine overnight because I work very long days (11-hours) so cooking it through the day was not an option. I cooked it on high for about 1.5 hours and turned it down to low for another 5 hours. It came out with the vegies maybe just a touch too al-dente. I might consider adding another hour cooking at low next time. I didn't thicken the liquid at the end - it didn't need it. The meat turned out very tender and moist. Keep the size of potatoes and vegies small and bite-sized.
This was fantastic! I didn't use onion soup mix, only beef broth and red wine and I added a few hot peppers for heat, but the flavour was perfect! My guests loved it as well. Enjoy!
Great stew! Had lots of flavor, not bland like a lot of beef stews are. I did increase the wine a little bit.
This was the best ever beef stew! It will most definitely replace the other recipe I've followed for years. De glazing the pan was really important to add all the flavours from the pan. I didn't have (don't like) red wine but DID have red wine vinegar on hand so used that instead. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly (halved it though....all that wouldn't fit into my slow cooker!!) Delicious!! Make it!!
Very, Very tasty...will make this again..did not use the onion soup mix..beef broth instead of water. Added Garlic. Will cook a little longer or put on high temp longer.
Update: I just had to say, I like this more every time I make it! The only addition I make is some garlic and mushrooms, and more wine than called for. It's the best beef stew I've ever had. Hand's down! Original review: WOW! This was delicious! I followed the recipe almost exactly. I used a little less stew meat (round steaks I had in the freezer, chopped up) and onion (2 instead of 3) and more carrots. I added button mushrooms about an hour and a half before the end of the cooking time. I didn't have beef/onion soup mix, just regular onion for dip and such, so I added a teastpoon of instant beef bullion to it and the water. I used Cabernet Sauvignon for the wine as it's what I had. Otherwise, I followed as close as I could. It smelled wonderful cooking and tasted even better. My only regret is I didn't think to bake a loaf of crusty french bread to go with it. This will be my go-to stew recipe from now on!
Great stew. I used other's suggestions with the Worcestershire sauce and more red wine. I added a teaspoon of minced garlic, a bay leaf, and celery. Perfect fall/winter staple.
Oh my word. I have high cholesterol so I substituted the beef with boneless chicken breast. My husband was skeptical, but he ate 4 bowls of this heart healthy version. This recipe is so delicious there were no complaints of the missing beef.
I loved this stew. I did make some adjustments. I doubled the sauce (water/soup), and added extra seasonings such as garlic, salt, pepper, worsteshire, and whatever else I felt like that day. It is one of our go to recipes now.
This was pretty good. I actually made it on the stovetop instead of in the slow cooker. The flavor was good, but I'm giving it only 3 starts because I use my slow cooker for one main reason: to save time. With all the peeling and chopping and pre-cooking in this recipe, it's not really a time-saver and I think violates the main principal of what slow cooker meal should be.
I've had this recipe for over 30 years only I now put one bottle of beer instead of the wine and my husband flips over this version. Give it a try-the beer adds another layer of heartiness to the stew.Mmmmmm!
This recipe is SO good! Prepare everything the night before and put in the fridge, pop it in the crock pot the next morning and come home from work smelling this wonderful meal!
This was awesome! Everyone, even my picky daughter LOVED IT. The extra steps were worth it! Crockpots aren't just for throwing everything in and forgetting it, it's for SLOW cooking - so I really didn't mind the extra work. :)
My favorite no fuss beef stew recipe! Definitely a keeper!
This turned out very well for my first beef stew. Chose it because it did not require beef boullion cubes or other such additives. I was worried about the quantity, having read other reviews which suggest that it will not fit a crock pot. Space was not a problem in my slow cooker, despite using the full amount of meat, vegetables, etc. I added an extra 1/4 cup red wine and used whole wheat flour. Didn't have onion soup mix, so used fried red onions, about 1/2 c, and 1/2 t salt and it still turned out very flavourful. Subtle flavour, though. Great with Never Fail Biscuits, another allrecipe product.
I'm sorry to knock the recipe just made it but this tasted like it could have come out of a can. I will stick with my usual way of making stew so it doesn't all turn to mush. The veggies should have been added hours after the beef stewed and the flour made it thicker than it should be.
Time consuming for a slow cooker recipe but very good.
This was a very good stew! The only reason it has 4 stars and not 5 is that I am not a big "stew" person...but my hubby loved it! I did following some of the recommendations though, such as substituting the water for beef broth and adding a bit more then called for. I also used red potatoes since the recipe didn't specify and they are my favorite,and garlic when sauteing the onions. Overall, a very good meal and I will defiantly be making it again!
Loved this recipe! I used a Barefoot Merlot and chicken stock instead of the 2c of water, and it was fabulous! Great for a fall day, it had the house smelling so good and was delicious and filling! Definitely my go-to recipe for beef stew!
Absolutely delicious! The best beef stew I have ever made! The family loved it. I will be making it again for sure!
We all agreed - blah. No taste. Needed more spices, Worcestershire sauce, something. Not the stew recipe I hoped it would be. Back to the lists....
Very good basic recipe...as with all recipes, you have to make it your own. I used Beefy-onion soup mix instead of just onion, added a little more wine and more spices (sage, tyme and a little basil) used Natures Seasoning instead of salt and some frozen peas 10 min. before serving and it all came out wonderfully!
I have been making stew for years, and quite honestly, my family doesn't like it. I thought I would try this one, and wow! They devoured it and asked for more. It's a little time consuming to make, but the end result is totally worth it. Don't change a thing, just follow the recipe. Wonderful!
I followed the recipe exactly and it was outstanding. It will become a regular especially in the cooler months. Thanks
This is excellent! I did read reader's comments and took them to heart. I would suggest a few changes as that I can see this being a little bland without them. Use beef stock and not water. Thicken with wine and flour, not water and flour. Wine... Uh.. more wine... (never too much wine! lol) I added garlic as well as some Worcestershire sauce. Also added peas and mushrooms as that I am a huge fan of mushroom. I did a lot of eyballing for my additions and some tasting here and there. My first beef stew and this is a WINNER!. Thanks!
This was seriously so good and so easy!!! I am not very experienced in the kitchen and looked at a lot of different recipes before settling on this one. I stuck to the recipe exactly, except I used wine instead of water when adding at the flour at the very end. Everything else was exactly as the recipe called for. Oh and we did it on high for 90 mins and low for 3 hours because we got a late start. There was plenty of gravy, and it was the perfect consistency. We had my mother in law over for dinner and she said it was the best stew she'd ever had. Score! Stick to the recipe - you won't be sorry! Served it with a side salad, some sour dough bread...yum!
Very yummy. Browning the meat and deglazing with red wine makes all the difference.
... Meh... I think that next time I will substitute 1-1 1/2 tsp of Clubhouse Montreal Steak Spice (in the US, I think it's McCormicks Steak Spice) in place of both the salt and pepper to better enhance the flavour of the beef
Great recipe. I followed all the instructions without making any alterations.
This smelled so good when it was cooking! I seasoned beef well before shaking in flour, with salt, pepper, garlic powder. I didnt have onion soup mix but i added 1tbs of dried thyme, pepper, and onion powder. i used about 4 large cloves of garlic with the onion when i sauteed, and about 1 cup of red wine. SOOOOOO good. I added the veggies in the last couple hours of cooking so they wouldnt be too mushy. Thanks for the recipe, yum!
This was a real hit with my family. I make a few changes when I made it, I did not have red wine, so I added some worcestershire sauce. It was wonderful, and not hard to make.
This stew is outstanding. I've made a lot of beef stews and this one is among my favorite recipes. All I added was a couple dashes of worcestershire sauce and a bit extra ground black pepper. Thanks for a winner!
Great recipe. I also added a few of my own touches including worchester, beef boullion , fresh garlic and a touch of stewed tomatoes. The wine really gave it a full flavor. Everybody will love it. Plus I only used 1 1/2 lbs of beef and it was more than enough!
This was amazing! I didn't change a thing and when I make it again and again I will follow the instructions exactly as it is written because there is no going wrong with this one.
It had an okay flavor but there were so many ingredients (and I have the larger sized crock pot), that it made my flour coated meat mushy and my potatoes mushy too. Even though I browned it, I found flour sticking to the sides of the pot at bottom.
This recipe was excellent. It was the first one I used from this web site. Two people have already asked me for the recipe -- and one of them I consider an excellent cook!! I added italien seasonings, worcestershire sauce, one bay leaf and mushrooms. I doubled the wine, decreased the potatoes by one as well as the onions.
My family really enjoyed this recipe. I finally found a great recipe for beef stew. Thankyou
I added celery. Could probably use less meat next time. I subbed thyme and rosemary for the parsley but still found this to be somewhat lacking in flavour.
SO good. I kept to the recipe, simply following suggestions to use yellow potatoes and merlot. I also used garlic pepper on the meat while browning it. I didn't bother to thicken the stew at the end, since it was plenty thick enough for my family's taste. We loved it and will be making this again.
Delicious! Other than using half the onions, I pretty much followed the recipe exactly...can't wait to make it again!
I have made this twice, both times for 50 or more people. I only modify the red wine to beef stock. I add other seasonings, to our taste, but who doesn't? This is a wonderful recipe, and a definate keeper. To mention, I have made this for teens and adults as a Halloween meal and add orzo, to make maggot stew :) EVERYONE loves it!
When I made this recipe as written it was kind of bland. The next time I made it i used beef broth instead of water, it was delicious.
Rosie I used to use a mix to make my stew yours sounded good so I tried it and the family loved it! I put 1 can of Hunts family favorites Soup and Stew tomato sauce and some celery in it. It had alot of flavor!
Simply amazing! This is the best beef stew Ive ever had! Wow. I followed the directions to the letter. Dont let the extra prep deter you. It is well worth it in the flavor department. I did add some celery and mushrooms, as well as some garlic. This was fantastic and cant wait to make it again!!!
So good!!! The only minor changes I made were adding garlic powder to the meat dredge, adding more wine, and adding more veggies (why not beef it up with parsnips and celery?!?). Mine certainly did not make 12 servings because my husband kept filling his bowl to the top. I would say this made closer to 6-8 servings of a medium bowl. Will make it again!
We enjoyed this so much. Added cabbage, couple parsnips and a turnip. I personally don't like stew but made this for my hubby; but I LOVED it! Will make this often I'm sure. So easy!
I love beef stew made in the crockpot but it is not necessary to brown the beef or onions ahead of time - besides, why go to all that trouble if you are looking for an easy dish to put together. It really does taste the same.
Awesome...even my picky 9-year old liked it, and that says it all! :)
This was a very good basic recipe, but it definitely could have used more flavor. Next time I will probably marinate the beef in the red wine and some garlic. But the extra preparation in the skillet was definitely worth it. I will be making it again, just with more seasoning!
This was good. It did taste a little bland so I added a bay leaf and a couple of dashes of worcestershire sauce, a dash of thyme and some more salt and pepper. I let it cook for another half hour or so. Overall a good recipe that can be adapted to your family's taste.
VERY easy and quick. I took some of the other cook's advice and replaced water with beef broth, added a beef boullion cube and peas. tasted amazing and the aroma was great. I also doubled the amount of carrots and used red potatoes.
This recipe is delicious! The meat and potatoes were tender and delicious. Definitely worth the wait!
This stew is great! I followed a lot of the suggestions from other reviews, adding a little extra wine in place of the water. I also added 1 T. of worchestershire sauce to the beef while I browned it. When I cooked the onions, I added some sliced fresh mushrooms and 4 cloves of chopped garlic as well. The stew turned out wonderfully. I probably spent 30-45 minutes in prep time, but I had extra ingredients to slice, and was working in a very tiny apartment kitchen so I have to wash dishes as I work. This was my first time using a crock pot (it was a wedding gift back in June)and I was very impressed with the results. I'll deffinately keep making this recipe all winter! The leftovers are great microwaved for lunch the next day!
I thought this was a pretty simple and hearty stew. I added some celery, about 1 cup also some garlic about 2 cloves. I didnt thicken it up at the end because I used russet potatos and they seemed to do the job. I made dumplings to go with it instead of bread or buns. All of the ingredients didnt fit inside my crock pot, and I have a fairly huge one. So what I did was used a roasting pan and set the oven to 350F and cooked the stew for 1 hour before turning the oven down to 200F. I let the stew cook for 5 hours stiring once in a while. It turned out great and the meat was tender and falling apart. I will make this again for sure!
EXCELLENT! Did not use wine and there was no need to thicken. This is the beef stew recipe I've been looking for.
I do not like Beef Stew but THIS is NOT "beef stew" - it is HEAVEN!!! Like so many others, I substituted the water with wine. I also ended up using veggie soup mix because I couldn't find the onion soup mix... I added extra dried minced onion to it and I also added three cloves of chopped garlic and 1/4 tsp of Thyme along with a pinch of rosemary... it was sooo good that the 12 servings I made fed four people with just enough left over for us to all eat lunch today.
Delicious and flavourful, just the way it is.
This was delicious. My own remark would be that when adding red wine to it, to be sure that it is very dry and not sweet. I had on hand some red dry marsala, which is a sweet wine, and it made the stew too sweet. Otherwise it would have been perfect.
Very tasty recipe. The prep time was greater than 15 min for me. I get my stew meat at Costco and the pieces are too big so I had to cut them and trim a little. Then I had to peel the potatoes and the browning takes a while. I would say the prep time was closer to 30 min, maybe more, but very worth it because it was a delicious stew.
I added bacon it was fantastic
As it appears, I give it 3 stars. I tasted it before I added the flour/water at the end and I found it really bland. I added in a few dashes of garlic powder, salt, paprika, and about 2 tablespoons of A1 sauce and it made it a 4 star. I would suggest adding more spices to it because it lacks flavor.
Could not be better! Followed exactly and came out amazing! I've made it his about 10 times and never change a thing
I made this last night and followed the recipe except for omitting the mushrooms and wine because I did not have any. This had no more flavor than when I have just placed everything in the crockpot without taking extra steps. I Was somewhat disappointed that I had taken the time to fry the beef and saute the onions. I did add beef consome instead of water but still no additional flavors that I was looking for.
This is a great recipe. My kids love it. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of 2 modifications that I make. I substitute sweet potatoes for regular potatoes (really nice flavor in stew), and I add quartered mushrooms.
Very, very good. I must admit to two errors: I left the house and thought I'd have time to stop back & turn it down to low. I didn't, so it cooked on High for about 7 hours. It was still moist and delicious. The meat was fall apart tender. The flavor was excellent. I think the wine and the butter are key.
I've made this a couple of times now and it's been a big hit. I did add a few more spices (rosemary, garlic and tyme) and throw in extra veggies and some celery. It's exactly what you think of when you think of beef stew - and it does make the house smell WONDERFUL! Thank you very much for sending this one in, Rosie T.!
I normally find stews bland, but this recipe has a lot of flavor. I've made it a few times now. Takes a bit of work at the beginning, but it can be left alone all day. It makes a nice smell throughout the house.
Great recipe. I did add worcestershire as others suggested and think it definitely nice flavor to the broth. I did add a little more wine than the recipe called for and it still tasted really good. Next time I may try to add some condensed beef broth instead of the extra wine though. Very delicious!!
Best meal I have ever made!!! I'm not joking. Only difference is that instead of the 1/4 cup of water and flour at the end I used about a TBS of corn starch. Also, i made a mistake that turned out for the better. I used 1/4 cups of Merlot i used 2 cups. Let's just say that the kids went to bed a little early. KIDDING. But i did use 2 cups. Tasted great.
I just made this today for the first time and followed the recipe exactly, but added a jalapeno for some spice! I tasted it about 3/4 the way thru and decided it needed some salt for flavor. Those are the only two things I did differently and it came out great!!
This is my first review and I am only doing this because I really was shocked that this recipe received such a high rating. This stew had very little flavor. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. We will not be trying this again.
WONDERFUL! Next time I will double the wine (I used a good Merlot). This time I didn't have onions so I skipped that step and sauteed the baby carrots instead. I also couldn't find onion soup mix so I substituted it with "beef vegetable soup mix". I allowed it to cook in the slow cooker for 9 hours (couldn't get home in time to do it for 6) and the beef did not get dry or tough; but the potatoes broke down a bit so I did not have to add the flour @ the end.
my husband I really loved it! Leftovers were even better!
This Stew was bursting w/. flavor, all though didn't need some of the spices
Absolutely delicious!! The kids are finishing up their second helpings right now. I made a few changes just for our personal tastes. I added rosemary, pepper, season salt and the parsley to the flour for the meat. I also did one onion instead of three, used beef broth instead of water & an extra cup of water with a little Worchestersire sauce in it(Just because the 2 cups of broth was not enough to cover the meat and veggies). This is one of the BEST meals that I have tried from this site. Worth every second of the effort it took!
I did not think this was the BEST stew I've ever tasted. It seemed to lack some flavor. Next time I'd add some celery for sure and some other spices to jazz it up.