Several of my friends have been talking about wanting more crockpot recipes lately, so I started digging around and found this one on about.com. It sounded almost too easy to work, but I decided to give it a try today. The results were great! I will say that if you don't have a large crockpot, you might want to half the recipe. It's amazing how much space 8 carrots and 6 potatoes takes up in the crockpot.
Crockpot Cider Beef Stew
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean beef stew meat
- 8 carrots, sliced thin
- 6 medium potatoes, sliced thin
- 2 apples, chopped
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups apple cider
- Place carrots, potatoes, and apples in Crock Pot.
- Add meat and sprinkle with salt, thyme, and chopped onion.
- Pour cider over meat. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 8 to 10 hours.
- Thicken juices with a flour and cold water mixture (about 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons water), cooking on HIGH in slow cooker until thickened (or transfer to a large stockpot over medium heat and cook down juices then thicken.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
I made a couple of minor modifications. I used an entire onion instead of just 1/2 cup, and I chopped my carrots and potatoes a little thicker. I also used a combination of buffalo stew meat and beef stew meat, just because it was what I happened to have around.