A perfect beef stew to make in the slow cooker on a winter's day. It will make your house smell good all day long!
This is a wonderful recipe. Please don't be deterred by the "extra preparation" noted in some of the reviews. Every step is worth it, from browning the meat to deglazing the pan. This hearty and flavorful stew satisfied my family and dinner guests. Everyone went back for more. I followed the recipe as written, using merlot for the red wine because I like the rich flavor and Yukon Gold potatoes because I like their taste and texture and they were on hand for the Potato Fougasse (potato bread with olive oil and rosemary) I made to accompany the stew. They were wonderful together. Trust your instincts when thickening the stew once it is done. Some reviews complained about consistency but you really need to decide what it needs for yourself using more or less of a flour/water paste than indicated. Do what works for you. (And by the way, if you have extra merlot use it with the flour instead of water to thicken the stew to impart some extra flavor.) - 29 Apr 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Yum! This is a great basic recipe but I did make some changes. I marinated the beef in the wine and some minced garlic for a few hours (I made this on a weekend). I floured and fried in oil as directed. I omitted the onion soup and we didn't miss it at all, but I did use beef broth in place of the water. I added celery and mushrooms, and also tossed some peas in at the very end. I added a bay leaf and some thyme and a pinch of rosemary. Next time, I might add some tomato paste or diced tomatoes. Very tasty and hearty. - 04 Sep 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Added a little extra wine, worcestershire, and garlic powder like other users suggested, as well as a pinch of red pepper. I ended up cooking it for 1 1/2 hours on high heat and 3 on low to speed things up a bit, and it turned out great. This recipe is a real winner -- the meat was very tender and the gravy texture, perfect. Served it up to rave reviews. I'll definitely make this again! - 02 Jan 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)