By Ginny Tauer of Indiana Beef
With most of the country preparing for a cold winter, it's time to look forward to recipes that warm you up from the inside out. While grilling is off the menu for a few months for some people, there are many cooking methods and cuts you can use to make delicious cold-weather meals and bring warmth into your home.
Wild Mushroom Beef Stew
Total recipe time: High Setting: 6-1/2 hours; Low Setting: 9-1/2 hours Makes 6 servings
1. 2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1-inch pieces
2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3. 1 teaspoon salt
4. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
5. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
6. 3/4 cup ready-to-serve beef broth
7. 1/4 cup tomato paste
8. 1/4 cup dry red wine
9. 2 cloves garlic, minced
10. 1 pound red-skinned potatoes (1-1/2-inch diameter), cut into quarters
11. 8 ounces assorted mushrooms, such as shiitake, cremini and oyster, cut into quarters
12. 1 cup baby carrots
13. Fresh parsley (optional)
1. Combine flour, salt, pepper and thyme in small bowl. Place beef in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with flour mixture; toss to coat.
2. Combine broth, tomato paste, wine and garlic in small bowl; mix well. Add to beef. Add potatoes, mushrooms and carrots; mix well.
3. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours, or on LOW 8 to 9 hours, or until beef and vegetables are tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.) Stir well before serving. Garnish with parsley, if desired.