Mixed Up Beef Stew

After getting comments about bulk cooking and freezing in this post, I decided last Friday to cook beef stew. A colleague (a mother of 4) also stoked that interest when she shared about how she plans and prepares meals for her brood.

I am terrible at following recipes in general, and usually prefer to go with my gut feeling or just make-do with ingredients/equipment I have. This has resulted in some disastrous meals in the past. I am SO HAPPY that my beef stew turned out GREAT this time! So I'm sharing my recipe. Haha.
I'm sorry that the above is the only photo I have of the stew. I just remembered I have this pic! Potatoes are put in last (a trick learnt from a grandaunt - so that they won't disintegrate).
I have no photos of the preparation as I cooked past 1am and just wanted to do everything as fast as I could. The photo shows the little portion I had for lunch the next day. I picked out more potatoes as I didn't have time to cook rice and I ran out of bread!

Corsage's Mixed Up Beef Stew (about 5-6 servings)
1kg beef for stewing
3 carrots
6 potatoes
1 large white onion
2 medium red onions
5 garlic cloves
250g fresh mushrooms*
1 can diced tomatoes
Mixed herbs
Sea Salt
Flour
Black Pepper
Oyster Sauce

*I used a mixture of white, brown and portabello. You could really double this portion though as I found that my mushrooms 'disappeared'. I didn't however, have any more space in my crockpot when everything was still raw!

1. Coat beef with a sprinkling of flour, sea salt, black pepper and mixed herbs. Set aside.
2. Throw some olive oil into a pan and soften all vegetables (except potatoes and canned tomatoes). Toss in a dash of oyster sauce. Put into crockpot.
3. Using the same pan, lightly brown the beef. Put into crockpot.
4. Empty a can of diced tomatoes into the mix.
5. Stir to mix ingredients.
6. Stuff chunked potatoes on the top
7. Pour in a little water if needed (if enough liquid then skip this step)
8. Cook for 4-5 hours or till meat is as tender as you want. OR to your convenience ;) I simply cooked mine overnight!
9. Garnish with chilli flakes if you want some heat.
10. Serve with warm rice or crusty bread.

This stew tasted even better after freezing and defrosting days later!

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This look ultra luscious!! Yummmzzz...

Anonymous said...

Ops, it's me commenting before. Dun know y using bb turned my name to anonymous. Hehee..
Celcilia Tjioe

~tif;fany* said...

yumssssssssss!

i shall try this out at my own home next year! :D

fernoftheforest79 said...

Thanks for sharing!! =) very tempted to make it soon!!

Alice Law said...

Your dish looks delish!

Kelly said...

yup I freeze my stock up too. I actually pour them into ice cube trays and pop them out once they're frozen. Then I store them in ziplock bags. (I used to make weekly batches of K's purees when he was a baby and froze them this way too). The small servings I have found I can take the amount i want and use them for stir fries too. Daddy makes up a huge batch of tomato pasta sauce and we freeze those too. Makes whipping up spaghetti bolognese, pizza,etc a breeze!

Now, THIS stew looks worthy of making a HUGE batch for! Perfect comfort food! yum! thanks for sharing

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Celcilia:
Hee, technology! We never know what's up with it sometimes ;)

Tiffany:
Yes, bookmark and try!

Fernoftheforest:
You're welcome! Sorry I took so long. Hope you enjoy trying it out!

Alice:
Thank you! It (thankfully) was! :)

Kelly:
Oh yes, the puree days! I used to do that too! Now I freeze the stock in small bowl portions as that's about the amount I need for each of her meals. I want to try making a tomato based pasta sauce soon too! The Bubs seems to like pizza - I really should look up a good recipe and doing it soon!

lilsnooze said...

I love beef stew! Though ive not actually tried cooking it in a slowcooker before. I prob should, it saves so much time! :)

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Lilsnooze:
A slow cooker is convenient! At least I don't need to watch the stove. Have burnt many many things on the stove lately :X