Ahhhh, smell that?
That’s the crisp scent of fall descending on the Okanagan Valley. Or maybe it’s the smell of this slow cooker stew coming from your own kitchen… you decide!
If you’re looking for the easiest, lazy-girl recipe, my friend – you’ve come to the right place. I’m the master chef of short-cuts when it comes to getting dinner on the table, and this stew is no different. No pre-cooking of any kind, no dredging in or whisking in flour – ain’t nobody got time for that. All you have to do is get the ingredients, chop them up, put them in the pot, and presto! 6-8 hours later (after a long workday), dinner is served.
Although the following recipe contains beef, you can easily make this recipe vegetarian, or even vegan. Add a few extra mushrooms for more sink-your-teeth-into-it texture, and be sure to use a vegetarian or vegan gravy mix. I’ve slowly been moving my house to a more plant-based diet, and this recipe is great for that!
- 1 8oz steak (or beef chunks)
- 1-2 carrots
- 4-6 white or yellow potatoes
- 8-10 white mushrooms
- 1/2 a large white onion
- 2 packets instant gravy mix (I use Clubhouse brown, mushroom, or peppercorn)
- 3 cups water
- fresh rosemary
- fresh thyme
- salt & pepper to taste
Slice the steak up into chunks, and place into the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with salt & pepper, and stir to coat. Dice onion, and add to steak. Chop potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms into bite size pieces, and layer them all into the pot. Whisk the 2 gravy packets into 3 cups water. Pour gravy mix over vegetables, and give the pot a gentle stir to lightly blend the ingredients.
Roughly chop rosemary leaves, and strip the thyme leaves from stalks. Sprinkle a generous amount of each over stew.
Cover slow cooker, and cook on high for a minimum of 6 hours, or low for 8-9 hours.
Serve with slices of fresh, buttered bread for dunking, and enjoy!
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