Friday, October 4, 2013

It's Crock-tober! (beef stew)

The other day I got an email from Saving Dinner that talked about it being crock-tober and I just thought that was too cute! As you might surmise from the "crock" part, we are talking about crock pot cooking. While I don't use my crock every day, I do use it quite often and even more so in the Fall and Winter. It's so gratifying to do a little bit of work in the morning (or even the night before) and not have to worry about supper. It's even nicer if the air is crisp and you've been out, to come home to a warm and cozy house with the delicious aroma dinner in the air. I thought it might be fun to share some crock pot recipes with you throughout the month of October. Perhaps you'll enjoy them too!

Jenn's Beef Stew (original recipe)

2 lbs stew beef
6 cups beef broth, divided
6 turnips, peeled and diced
a handful of baby carrots, diced
2 envelopes beef gravy mix

Mix everything but three cups of the beef broth together in the crockpot. Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours. Stir in the remaining three cups of beef broth. Serve with a green salad and rolls.

Modified Recipe (GF)

Exactly the same, except instead of gravy mix, mix in about 1/2 cup of gf cornstarch with some of the beef broth.

Stew before the beef broth was added. I don't usually like using a lot of plastic, but darn it! Those crock pot liner bags are genius! Also, hungry children took precedence again over a photograph of the finished stew!


  1. thanks for sharing this recipe. Good post. ~Melissa

  2. I love my crock too! I love this time of year to make stews, chilis and hearty food in it. Look forward to trying your stew. I never used turnips, so I look forward to trying them.

    1. The turnips are amazing! They taste a lot like cooked potatoes :)