We had a busy Saturday this past week and I didn't have a meal planned. Usually that means take-out or macaroni and cheese, but instead I dug into the depths of the freezer and found a forgotten bag of frozen stew meat.
I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it, so just kept pulling stuff out of cabinets. The end result was actually pretty good, and although the kids dipped their meat into A-1 sauce (weirdos) we sat down together for a nice meal that was free! instead of a good $40.
2 pounds stew meat
2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted; your choice)
1/4 cup milk (I used soy)
1 tablespoon gluten free worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon black pepper (I like things peppery, so I use a lot, but not everybody does!!)
2 tablespoon dried minced onion (1 one small yellow onion, finely diced)
1/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon herbs de provence
1/2 block of cream cheese (4 ounces) (not pictured)
I plopped the frozen meat into the crockpot---it was so frozen that it stood up, so I poked at it with a wooden spoon until it behaved and stayed inside.
We were on the way to swim lessons, so I didn't do anything at all except for dump everything on top. I have no idea in which order, it really doesn't matter. Don't put in the cream cheese yet---save it for later.
Cook on low for 10-12 hours. I cooked this for 10, then tasted the broth. I liked it, but felt like it needed something---like cream cheese.
Squeeze in a half block of cream cheese, and stir until it is incorporated.
Serve over hot pasta. We had Trader Joe's Brown Rice fussili. yum.
This was a nice, hearty, but not overly rich meal that we all enjoyed. I've been picking at the leftovers, and they've held up nicely.