*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                                 Beef Stew
 
 Recipe By     : Crane Walden
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beef                             Crockpot
                 Soups & Stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      pounds        beef stew meat -- cut in 1 1/2 cubes
      1/2  cup           flour
    2      tablespoons   vegetable oil
    1                    bay leaf
    1      tablespoon    Worcestershire sauce
    2      teaspoons     Kitchen Bouquet
    2      large         onions -- peeled and chunked
    6      medium        carrots -- chunked
    4      medium        potatoes -- peeled and chunked
    2      stalks        celery -- cut in 2 slices
   16      ounces        canned tomato wedges -- optional
    1      cup           frozen peas* -- optional
    1      cup           frozen green beans* -- optional
    1      cup           frozen whole kernel corn* -- optional
    1      clove         garlic -- minced
    2                    beef bouillon cubes
      1/4  teaspoon      black pepper -- coarsely ground
    1      teaspoon      salt
    1      teaspoon      paprika -- optional
    1      teaspoon      brown sugar
    2      cups          water
 
 *Add frozen vegetables 1 hour before serving.
 Optional: substitute 12 small pearl onions for the onions in the recipe; substi
 tute 1 cup dry red wine and 1 cup water for the water alone in the recipe; subs
 titute 2 cups cooked small pasta for the potatoes.
 
 Combine flour with salt and pepper; toss to coat beef cubes.  Set excess flour 
 aside.   Brown meat on all sides with oil in a skillet.  Put meat in a crockpot
 .  Add bay leaf and vegetables.  Combine bouillon cubes, Kitchen Bouquet, Worce
 stershire sauce, brown sugar, paprika (if used) and water; mix well.  Pour over
  vegetables.  Cook on low for 12 to 14 hours; or on high for 6 to 8 hours.  One
  hour before serving, find and remove bay leaf; make a paste of the flour and w
 ater.  Add to mixture and stir gently
  until thickened.
 
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