Friday, May 22, 2009

Core Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Warm and comforting rather than gourmet

Serves: 4 - 6

Difficulty: Easy

  • 400g beef, cubed to 2-3cm
  • 5 x 80g odd potatoes, halved (or equivalent cocktail 40g potatoes, or enormous potatoes quartered)
  • 3 carrots, cut to 2-3cm chunks
  • 1/2 a sweet potato (about 180-200g)
  • 3 carrots, cut to 2-3cm chunks
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 100ml red wine (not Core, but 1 pt between 4-6 serves)
  • 4 beef stock cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 TB cornflour
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns (for mild flavour - pick out)
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs


Put potatoes in base of slow cooker, followed by meat, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots and barley Add wine, herbs, garlic.
Mix the cornflour with a little of the water to make a paste and add
Dissolve the stock cubes in rest of the water and add (fluid line should be a little below the carrots - maybe 2cm)
Put on auto setting (high for 4 hours, then switches to low) all day for tender, fall apart stew (or high for 5+ hours)

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 22 pts, or 5.5 pts each for 4 serves, or 3.5 for 6 serves

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