Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

Author: Canadian Living

Tensions melt away when you open the door to welcoming aromas of this hearty stew. Since it has lots of flavourful liquid, you'll want a loaf of crusty bread to mop it all up.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs stewing beef cubes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sodium-reduced beef stock
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups button mushrooms halved
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 cups potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 pkg (14 g) dried porcini mushroom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Method

Trim and cut beef into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes; toss with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In large skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown meat, in batches and adding more oil if necessary. Transfer to slow cooker.

Add stock to skillet and bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits; pour into slow cooker.

In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; fry onion, bacon and thyme for 1 minute. Add button mushrooms; cook until softened and almost no liquid remains, about 8 minutes. Add to slow cooker.

Add celery, potatoes, porcini mushrooms, bay leaf and 1 cup (250 mL) water to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.

Whisk remaining flour with 1/4 cup (50 mL) water; whisk into slow cooker. Add peas. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 503 mg
  • Protein 30 g
  • Calories 344.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 60 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g

%RDI

  • Iron 28.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 22.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 12.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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