Not Your Grandma’s Beef Stew
Posted on March 22, 2014
A Bob Warden Recipe
by Liz Jackson
Welcome to the twelfth installment of Slow Liz’s 2014 Slow Cooker Challenge.
Recipe: Seasonal Beef Stew – Bob Warden’s Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes
This week’s recipe comes to you courtesy of Nonie, my hilarious and loving Italian QVC Shopping Grandmother. You see, Nonie is no ordinary grandma. She is thoughtful and insane and so filled with love that when she finds out you have a drafty apartment, she gets QVC on the phone and buys you a compact space heater for your NYC apartment. And when she finds out your protein levels are a bit low, she sends you more nut mix and protein bars and frozen parmesan chicken than will fit in the afore mentioned NYC apartment.
So when she found out I was challenging myself to 52 crockpot meals in a calendar year, what do you think she did? You got it, she called up her friends at QVC and ordered the very best crockpot cookbook money can buy. And in good ol’ Nonie fashion, she then remembered that cookbooks can be heavy and I can be weak, so she called them back and ordered the slimmer paperback edition.
So that is how I happened into this week’s beef stew recipe. I called Nonie to thank her for the crockpot cookbook and we ended up deciding that beef stew happens to be one of the most delicious meals on earth. It also happens to be one of her favorites. So Nonie, this beef stew is for you.
Anyway, this is how it all went down. I browned the beef. Dumped all the ingredients into the crockpot. Took a nap and awoke to taste it a couple hours later. And it was BLAND. I added a little o’this and a little o’that to the stew… so much so that when Wifey got home I couldn’t exactly tell her what was in the crockpot. I do recall adding red pepper flakes, worcestershire sauce, cumin, hot sauce, another hot sauce, smoked paprika, bay leaves, and then my memory sort of stops. I should have learned from ‘Too Many Babas’.
But maybe that’s what is so great about beef stew. It’s so versatile that you can take the same recipe and do a million different things with it. It may actually be impossible to mess it up. I mean check out the comments in this Chowhound article.
So thanks to Nonie, I was able to make a delicious beef stew that warmed me up and gave me a heaping dose of protein. I can only imagine the satisfaction this will give her.
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