While the signs of spring are everywhere, its still cold as hell in DC... definitely not the 80 degree weather I was enjoying in Mexico. To combat the cold and get back on my cooking game I decided to make what will hopefully be my last stew for awhile.
...Besides, my bestie Jared bought me a slow cooker for Christmas and I've been dying to use it! Best gift ever!!
I've done stews plenty of times so I'm comfortable eyeballing amounts and just winging it. For anyone looking to try a stew of their own here is a recipe from allrecipes.com specifically for slow cookers
before the meat goes in the slow cooker season and tenderize
Next brown the meat. I use flour but it isn't necessary. Just a few minutes on each side in the pan will do the trick
Chop the potatoes and veggies
Secret ingredient: BEER!!! I used Black and Tan by Yuengling this time, but any dark ale will do
Put everything in the pot and let it rock. 12 hour cook time :( on low if your patient, 6 hours :) on high if your ready to eat like me
Enjoy a bowl and check out the side bar for my cooking music