Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Perfect Winter Beef Stew

I thought I would share the recipe for the stew I was making yesterday and it is so yummy.  I have made this for several years.  I found the recipe on a Kraft calendar that I had at the time.  The only thing I don't use in mine is the mushrooms, my husband doesn't care for them. 

Perfect Winter Beef Stew

3/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2 lb. beef stew meat, such as beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch chunks
6 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
6 carrots (about 1 lb.), sliced
1-1/2 lb.potatoes (about 3), peeled, cut into large chunks
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth

POUR dressing over beef in resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; turn to evenly coat beef with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

COOK bacon in large saucepan on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from saucepan; drain on paper towels

 ADD mushrooms and onions to saucepan; cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove meat from marinade; discard marinade. Add meat, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, broth and bacon to saucepan; stir.
BRING to boil, stirring occasionally; cover. Simmer on low heat 1-1/2 hours or until meat is done and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally and uncovering for the last 15 min.

*I prepare mine using KRAFT Light Italian Dressing.
Here is how to Prepare Stew in Slow Cooker
Marinate beef, and cook bacon, onions and mushrooms as directed. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Add beef, onions, mushrooms and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cook 10 to 12 hours on LOW (or 5 to 6 hours on HIGH). Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour mixed with 2 Tbsp. water. Cook, covered, 15 min. or until sauce is thickened.
Hopefully some of you will try it.  It's very simple.
Thanks for visiting,


Jen in NY said...

Mmmm, that looks delicious! I will definitely try it, thanks Donna! xo Jen

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Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

It's cooling off a lot up here, so soon it will be time to turn on the furnace and think about oven meals like stew. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'v found that most often Kraft has excellent recipes. Thanks for sharing this one.