Recipe- Beef Stew for a Few

Hey Cats!

It has been SO LONG since I’ve had time to blog! I am so happy it’s Thanksgiving break- it’s definitely needed! I drove home yesterday after two tests back-to-back and on about 3.5 hours of sleep…probably not the smartest choice I’ve ever made, but I was just so ready to be home! I’m looking forward for a few days of rest with my family before heading back to Aggieland for finals…mehh.

A while back (almost a month ago, actually- if that tells you anything about how busy I’ve been) I made  beef stew for my roommates. We had just got a Crock Pot, and I was wanting to try it out, and the temperature had just dropped for the first time (meaning we could wear leggings instead of Norts. Can we go back to 50 degrees?). My friends loved it and it’s hilariously simple, so I decided to share it with you- now that it’s really chilly it will be a perfect dinner to warm the souls of your friends & families!

You will need:

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-1 pound of stew meat (lean)

-Garlic powder

-Onion powder

-Black pepper

-1 can cream of mushroom soup

-1 packet brown gravy mix

-2 potatoes

-1 cup baby carrots

-1 cup frozen green peas

Here’s what you do:

1. First, season the stew meat to your tastes with the garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper on both sides.

2. Next, brown the meat in a skillet until cooked thoroughly.

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3. Then, mix together in your Crock Pot the cream of mushroom soup, packet of gravy mix, and one soup can of water. WARNING: This will look super unappetizing and probably really lumpy. Don’t worry, this is normal. A whisk helps, and it will also just go away once it’s incorporated.

4. Add in the meat, and cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Next, peel and chop the potatoes. Learn from my mistakes and make sure you cut them into small bits, or you will be waiting FOREVER for them to cook. (Also, I’ve decided that I need to invest in a vegetable peeler- they look like I peeled them with a pocket knife.)

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6. Wash the carrots and add them to the pot, along with the potatoes.

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7. Increase the heat to “High” and cook for another 1-2 hours, or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

8. Thirty minutes prior to serving, stir in the frozen peas and let simmer until dinnertime.

9. Share and enjoy your time as Roommate of The Week.

This is a good option for a hearty meal during a busy week- just let it do its thing while you go do yours! It also makes plenty, so you can either feed a crowd or have plenty of leftovers for the week.

That’s all for meow!

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