1in a fry pan, heat olive oil til shimmering. Brown meat – add flour (also brown).
Dump into bottom of crock pot. add all veggies. add bay leaf and beer.
turn crock pot on low – cover – leave for four hours.
2Sample thin gravy – add salt if needed and pepper if desired. leave lid off – for next two hours. Stir in parsley, chervil, basil, rosemary.
3to thicken gravy, add 1 tablespoonful flour in bottom of large jar. add cold water to jar – put lid on jar. shake flour water mixture like crazy. add to hot stew in crock pot and stir. give it about 1/2 hour to thicken.
This hearty beef stew is easy, but not lazy. Braising the meat in red wine and beef broth for an hour before adding the carrots and potatoes ensures the vegetables are tender, not mushy. Frozen peas stirred in at the end add a pop of color and freshness. Get the recipe.
Beef stew may be easy to make, but having it come out flavorful is a whole other story. Lisa Lavery of the CHOW Test Kitchen shows you how to build the flavor as you cook in this episode of The Easiest Way, using our Easy Beef Stew recipe as a guide.