Sunday, December 20, 2009

Slow Cooker for the Freezer Series Part 2 ~ Lager Stew

All the meals listed in this series can be made ahead and put into your freezer for another night or made the same day. It's a great way to make sure your family is eating a healthy & hearty meal during this hectic holiday season!

Lager Stew

In freezer bag combine:
2 pounds stew meat

In second freezer bag combine:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup carrot rounds
½ cup chopped celery
½ butternut squash, diced
1 diced turnip
handful mushrooms, quartered

Defrost both bags. Empty contents of vegetable bag into crock pot. In a hot fry pan quickly sear the stew meat and place on top of vegetables. De-glaze the fry pan with 1 cup of water. While stirring whisk in 2 TBSP flour to form a roux. When thickened, add to crock pot. Add 2 cups of ale or lager to crock pot. Cook 6-8 hours on low. Serve with Yukon gold smashed potatoes with butter and Onion Chive Blend.

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