Good evening from Planet Fitness!
No, but really… I’m writing this from the stationary bike here at good ‘ol PF because who has time to work, workout, eat, blog, AND watch Blue Bloods on Netflix? Not me! Not without some serious multitasking, that is.
One thing I don’t have to find time for tonight is cooking dinner thanks to my trusty, ever running crock-pot. I took 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon to throw together this wicked good (#NewEngland!) Beef Stew (modified from Gluten Free Goddess) which means I have had leftovers every day this week! While the recipe that I’m sharing with you is technically Gluten Free it is not taste free. Give it a shot and I promise you, you 1) won’t regret it, and 2) won’t be cooking dinner for the next three days.
- Olive oil
- 3-4 lbs cubed stew beef
- 3 large yellow potatoes, cubed
- 4 large carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 cups pearl onions (I love pearl onions!), peeled
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 cup dry table wine (plus an extra glass for the cook)
- Splash of balsamic vinegar (I never measure this stuff)
- ~2 tsp “Italian spices” (thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, oregano, etc, etc)
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt to taste
- Ground pepper to taste
- In a large skillet heat olive oil. Once heated, salt and then brown the stew beef on all sides. Once browned add beef to your empty, waiting crock-pot. Set the dial to high.
- To the crock-pot, add: carrots, celery, potatoes, pearl onions, wine, broth, balsamic vinegar, Italian spices, bay leaves, salt, and pepper (i.e., everything else)
- Cover and let cook for 4-5 hours on high.
Because we used so much meat this recipe will last two people 4-5 days (keep in mind that Beef stew is only good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator so if you have any left over at that point, make sure to freeze it).
I encourage you to make this recipe your own! I rarely cook with garlic (my husband has a sensitivity) but toss some in if you like it! Replace the wine with a nice Irish stout (my dad’s not-so-secret ingredient). Let me know what you try and how it turns out.