Today for Souper Monday we are talking stew.
Stew is one of those perfect wintertime comfort food type meals that my family loves. I love how easy it is to put in the crock pot in the morning and have it ready and waiting at dinner time.
One of the ways I like to change up stew is to add a little red wine to it. Just a little bit adds so much flavor and helps tenderize that meat. If you have never tried a little red wine in your stew, you should. It really enhances the flavor and makes it so much better.
Now, the thing is my husband and I don’t drink wine, so I never have it on hand, but I do always keep a bottle of red cooking wine on hand to use in recipes. And I know what some of you are thinking about cooking wine, but it really works well and I have used it for years.
Another reason I love cooking wine is because it is readily available at my grocery store. You see I live in a state where you can only buy wine at a liquor store and it is not usually convenient for me to go to a liquor store. Cooking wine at my local grocery store where I always shop is convenient for me, which is another reason why I buy and use it.
Now for the recipe. This is really just a basic stew recipe and you can easily add whatever you like in your stew. Sometimes I put mushrooms in it and sometimes I add other vegetables to it. You can really add whatever you want to it.
Have you tried wine in your stew before?
Crock Pot Beef Stew with Red Wine
- 1-2 tablespoon oil
- 1- 3 lb beef roast cut up or use stew meat
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1- 14 ounce cans of tomatoes
- 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks ( I like to cut them into large chunks)
- 1 lb (or so) carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Holland House Red Cooking Wine
- beef broth- we like a thick and hearty stew, so I usually just add 1 cup or so, but if you want a little more liquid you can use about 2 cups
- Heat oil in a large pan. Brown meat on all sides and place in the crock pot.
- Cook onion in the pan until tender, adding more oil if needed.
- Add onion and remaining ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are done.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in writing this post, but my thoughts and opinions are my own. I have used Holland House products for years and love them.