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Crockpot stew

The Best Crockpot Beef Stew 

Ingredients

2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
6oz can tomato paste
32oz beef broth
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups baby carrots carrots
4-5 small red potatoes,cut into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1 cups frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Combine beef, celery, carrots, red onion, potatoes, salt,  pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, and tomato paste in the crock pot. I used a 6 qt crockpot for this stew.  Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 6-7 hours.

2.  About 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and the water together in a small dish and pour into the crockpot. Mix until well combined. This will add a nice thickness to the stew. Next add in your frozen peas and corn. Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes.

From: http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/10/best-crockpot-beef-stew.html
Tip: try this next time to thicken the stew, otherwise it’s like soup- Melt four tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Keep whisking as it bubbles, smooths out, and thickens; you want to go for long enough to cook off a bit of the flour taste, but you also don’t want this to get too dark. Maybe a minute, but it’ll depend somewhat on just how hot your burner is. You’re making a roux, and the lighter the roux, the greater the thickening power. So if you see it browning, you’re definitely done. Gradually whisk in the hot liquid (approx 2 cups liquid) from the stew, and keep whisking until it’s smooth and bubbling. Remove from heat, and stir thoroughly into the contents of the slow cooker. Re-lid and allow to bubble along for another 10-20 minutes.

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Oven baked potato wedges

Ingredients
4 russet potatoes
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt or kosher salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup parmesan cheese
Instructions
(preheat oven to 450˚F)
Wash & cut potatoes into wedges by cutting lengthwise in half then slice each half into 3 slices.
Place potatoes in a bowl of water with about 2 cups of ice cubes. Let them stand for 30 min then pat dry with paper towels.
Place ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp paprika and ¼ tsp black pepper in to a large ziplock bag. Add potatoes and shake them together. Next add ¼ cup of olive oil to the bag and toss until potatoes are coated.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place potatoes on the lined sheet and bake at 450˚F for 30-35 min until the potatoes are cooked through, browned and crispy.
While potatoes are baking, chop 2 Tbsp fresh parsley and grate ¼ cup parmesan cheese and place both into a large mixing bowl.
Toss potato wedges in the mixing bowl with parsley and cheese.

From: http://natashaskitchen.com/2013/01/18/oven-baked-potato-wedges/

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