Special Request – Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

Here is a special request for my friend Jamie.  Nothing is better than a great big bowl of hearty beef stew on a cold winter’s night.  So here you go, Jams.  Let me know how it turns out!

Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew

1-2 lbs. stewing meat, cubed (chuck)

2/3 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

oil

14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes

8 oz. can tomato sauce

14 1/2 oz. can beef broth

2 Tbsp. Worcesterwhatever sauce

1 bay leaf

2 tsp. kitchen bouquet*

2 Tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika (or used smoked!)

4 celery stalks, chopped

5 mushrooms, sliced

3 potatoes, cubed

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Dredge meat in seasoned flour, then brown in oil in saucepan.  Place meat in slow cooker.  Combine remaining ingredients in bowl.  pour over meat and mix well.  Cover, cook on high 5-6 hours or on low for 10-12 hours.  Stir well before serving.

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