I made this for dinner tonight and it was exactly what I needed. It’s a special comfort food, full of loving memories that NOTHING will ever be able to replicate!
This is the stew most close to what my grandpa used to make. Before following this recipe let me make something clear: you can easily adjust the vegetable/meat ratios just make sure your crock pot is full! For example, my husband isn’t a big fan of potato so I tend to use extra beef and less potato.
Beef chuck or precut stew beef
1/2 a lemon or 1 tb of lemon juice
1 box vegetable stock
1 large onion (or 2 small) cut into pieces
2-3 potatoes cut up in small pieces or a bag of those mini potatoes cut in half
1 small bag of carrot sticks or 2 carrots cut into small pieces
1 small bag of green beans
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
Before making this stew you must sear the beef. To prep your beef for searing cut it into small pieces (unless you got precut stew pieces) then cover them in flour. Put a bit of olive oil in a pan on medium-low heat and brown your beef on both sides. As you finish place your beef in the bottom of the crock pot.
Cover the beef in potatoes, carrots, and onion. Then pour in your vegetable stock, lemon juice (squeeze juice no physical lemon should go in), oregano, and rosemary. Add water to ensure everything is covered with liquid.
Cover crock pot and turn it on low for 8 hours (or high for 4)
Now add your green beans into the pot and mix them in. Make the bisquik according to the box and add it to the crockpot. (My grandpa and I would take broth out to make dumplings on the side instead of in the pot, you’re welcome to do this but it is more work/dishes)
Cook on low for 20 more minutes.
Enjoy plain, or add extra seasoning. I usually add some sea salt to my portion, my husband likes it with chipotle powder. It’s good plain, I don’t put salt in the whole pot due to varying blood pressure types, but feel free to put some (or chipotle powder if that fits your taste)