crock pot

I love my crock pot. There, I’ve said it. It might seem strange but next to the microwave this is my favorite kitchen appliance. It means I can run around all day and still do a decent job of feeding the family. Bellow is one of my favorite recipes from Taste of Home’s Crock Pot recipe section. My tip? Don’t skimp on the bacon. I normally use about 6-8 pieces to pump up the flavor.

Ingredients
3 bacon strips, diced
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups fresh baby carrots
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
Hot cooked noodles

Directions

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, discarding drippings. Sprinkle beef with pepper and salt. In the same skillet, brown beef in oil in batches; drain.
Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the carrots, bacon, onion, garlic and bay leaf. In a small bowl, combine the beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Pour over beef mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 5-1/2 to 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
In a small bowl, combine flour and water until smooth. Gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve beef with noodles. Yield: 8 servings.

Do you have any crock pot favorite recipes you’d like to share?

– Maggie AAR