Snow days were made for warm bowls of chili, soup, or stew. Since 73% of the US is currently covered with snow...we need to make some beef stew! Oh and just because I may be having a snow day does not necessarily mean I want to spend all day in the kitchen. That would really cut into my lounging on the couch with hot cocoa time... Sometimes, I would rather just set it and forget it.
Beef stew is the perfect slow cooker dish. Just a little chopping, combining, and dial setting. Then, I get to walk away and a few hours later my dinner is ready. Plus, slow cooked beef = TENDER. Going for a low-carb version, I replaced the potatoes with parsnips. For a little boeuf bourguignon feel, I also added some red wine.
If you add potatoes, they will help to thicken the stew naturally. Other thickening options include adding flour or corn starch. I prefer making a quick slurry with corn starch and water and/or broth. First, whisk equal parts corn starch and water. Next, stir in and allow to cook/boil for a few minutes.
Great beef stew needs time to fully develop its flavor. For this recipe, the slow cooker is the "secret sauce." This allows the beef to cook slowly, which results in tender meat. The long cooking time also allows the flavors to combine and intensify.
This slow cooker beef stew is low carb and naturally gluten free. Loaded with tender bites of beef, carrots, parsnips, onions, red wine, and beef broth- a few minutes of prep in the morning means dinner can be ready when you walk in the door!
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