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Cooking beef stew and it tastes awful! Help me fix this.

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Cooking beef stew and it tastes awful! Help me fix this.

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frobe | | Nov 5, 2008 05:59 AM

I got a beef stew recipe from Cooks Illustrated and rather than follow the steps in order, I decided to just throw all of the ingredients into a crockpot and see what happens. The ingredients are:

3 pounds chuck-eye roast , cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 medium onions , chopped coarse (about 2 cups)
3 medium cloves garlic , minced
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup red wine (preferably full-bodied)
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
6 small boiling potatoes , peeled and halved
4 large carrots , peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 cup frozen peas (6 ounces), thawed
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

It's only been in the crockpot for about 3 hours on high (I started it late) but just took a taste and it tastes like a thin watery nothing of a stew. I have about three more hours before I have to serve it to finicky kids and wondering if I should do anything else to it at this point. Maybe take the top off and let it reduce and thicken? Or will continuing the slow cook sort it all out on its own?

Thanks!

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