Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

    8 hours 15 minutes

    A rich beef stew cooked in a whisky flavoured sauce with potatoes and mushrooms. Made in a slow cooker but you could also cook on the stovetop or in the oven.

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    Serves: 2 

    • olive oil for frying
    • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
    • 500g diced skirt or chuck steak
    • 60ml whisky
    • 1 cup beef stock
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon dried herbs de Provence
    • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
    • 2 large mushrooms (like portabellos) chopped into large chunks
    • cornflour mixed with water (if needed, about a teaspoon to a couple of teaspoons)

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:8hours  ›  Ready in:8hours15min 

    1. Heat a large frying pan with olive oil on medium heat and add the onions. Fry for 5 minutes then add the garlic. Stir around for another minute then remove the onions and garlic with a slotted spoon and place in the slow cooker.
    2. Turn up the heat to high in the frying pan, add more oil if needed and add the beef. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon. The idea is to sear the meat with a rich dark colour quickly. After a few minutes this should have sealed. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in the slow cooker. There should be frothy juices left behind from the meat in the pan.
    3. Pour the whisky into the frying pan and and stir for a couple of minutes. Turn the heat down to medium and add 1/2 of the stock. Pour the remaining half in the slow cooker. Stir the juices around in the frying pan and when bubbling well carefully pour into the slow cooker. Add the seasoning, paprika, herbs and the potatoes. Mix well and put the lid on. Cook for about 6 hours.
    4. About 2 hours before serving, place the mushrooms in the pot. Stir well and replace the lid. After about and hour and a half check the consistency of the liquid. (Slow cookers to tend to produce a lot of liquid). The idea is to get a runny to thick gravy consistency. Add cornflour mixed with water if needed to thicken, stir and cover.
    5. Serve in a deep bowl with bread on the side. Garnish with chopped flat leaf parsley (optional).

    Herbes de Provence

    Herbes de Provence is a mix of savory, fennel, basil and thyme. If you cannot find dried Herbes de Provence use dried thyme or dried mixed herbs.

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    How simple is this recipe and what a treat it is! I made this once a week through the long Scottish winters and every time I made it, I had a smile on my face. The smell whiffs through the house throughout the night while I type away working. I admit I've changed the original recipe but only a tad. I put in a wee bit more stock than suggested and if its too watery I will add some bistro to thicken it up but that's it! Made this for my mother and I'm 85% sure I saw a smile! Rare think indeed.  -  03 Sep 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Lovely recipe, easy to make, tasted fantastic and the house smelt amazing. Hoping to make again for a dinner party. Also baked an Italian Herb Loaf to eat with it. Recommend trying this recipe!  -  17 Feb 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I really liked this, made a delicious stew. I doubled the ingrediants so I'd have enough for the day after... but I ate it all any way in the space of several hours. I'd definitely suggest this! Next time I might add a few different kinds of vega along with it, maybe carrots or turnip.  -  27 Sep 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)