Tonight's recipe is compliments of V-8. Yes, in the depths of my cabinets, I found 2 bottles of V-8. I got them on a deal or something like that. Now I'm not just the type of person to sit around and drink vegetable juice. I'm also not a some Bloody Mary lush. So what do I do with it? BEEF STEW but of course!
This is my modified Crock-Pot recipe that is easy - and even the kids eat it.
1 lbs stew meat cut up in smaller chunks
1/4 cup of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups V-8
1 tsp Worcester Sauce
5 smallish/medium potatoes
1/2 bag of baby carrots cut up
Throw raw meat in crock pot. Throw in flour, pepper, salt and stir until raw meat is covered. Add V-8, Worcester Sauce, potatoes, carrots and onion. Stir. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Or high for 4-5.
This is remarkable. I add some salt and pepper after. You can add some spices, but since I use the Spicy V-8, it already has somewhat of a flavor. Plus, I don't want to give the kids an excuse to not eat it.
You can also add in celery - and adjust the amounts of the vegetables. No thickening is needed. It just does it.
I love this recipe because it pretty much just feeds our family, with a small smacking of leftovers. I'm not a fan of leftovers. I like the convenience of them but I don't always like the taste. Plus, I'm kind of like a baby, saying "Really, we have to eat Beef Stew AGAIN?"
A bottle of V-8 will give you about 3 recipe-fulls of required V-8. Don't like my recipe? Just substitute V-8 for beef broth in any stew recipe. Believe me - you'll be glad you did.