September 20, 2014

Oven Baked Stew {Or Slow Cooker}

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This stew is INCREDIBLE.  The beef is fall-apart tender, the potatoes and carrots are soft, the sauce is thick and creamy and all together it is delicious and so so so easy to make.  Since you don't even have to sear the meat or vegetables first, it comes together in no time.  All you do is layer the ingredients in a casserole dish and bake for a few hours.

Even a beginner cook could make this and impress everyone.  

Listen . . . I know the ketchup sounds like the strangest ingredient and I would have never tried this, if Holly from Life in the Lofthouse didn't rave about how delicious it is.  I have very similar tastes as that cute girl and I knew if she loved it, that I would love it too and that was totally the case.

I even ate this three days in a row.  Yep!  Once for dinner and two days leftover for lunch.

Serve with buttered french bread on the side.  
Oven Baked Stew
adapted from: Life in the Lofthouse
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 Lb. lean beef stew meat
1 (1 oz.) pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/4 tsp. paprika
4 med-large carrots, peeled and diced
2-3 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1-inch cubes
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
freshly ground black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. ketchup

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large zip-top bag, combine the dry onion soup mix and paprika.  Add the meat and shake the bag to coat the meat with the seasonings.  Spread out evenly into a greased 8x8-inch baking dish.  Top meat with diced carrots, potatoes and onion.  Season with some pepper.  In a medium bowl, combine the cream of celery soup and ketchup.  Spread over the vegetables.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 1/2 hours.  Serves: 4   

To make in the crockpot:  Follow directions above for prep. and layer ingredients in the crockpot.  Cover with lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  

Jenn's Notes: The package of stew meat I used was about 1.25 Lbs. and the Russet potatoes I used were very large, so I only used two.    

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  1. I totally pinned this & am totally making it. I've been looking for a good stew recipe. Thanks!

  2. OK, ketchup? Really?
    I'm one for trying new to me "food-ideas" and you definitely have me with this one ingredient.
    I've made all kinds of beef stews, but not using ketchup.
    I will be making this one for sure, I can't wait to taste it. :-)
    Another nice thing about this recipe.....I can crockpot it, I LOVE my crockpot!
    Thank you Jenn for another recipe!

    1. Ha - that is exactly what I first thought. Ketchup sounded sooooooo strange, but you can't even tell it is in there. It really is delicious.

  3. This sounds delicious! I'm pinning to save! =)

  4. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about how we could use up the packages of stew meat in our freezer! This is perfect!

  5. Not sure if the delicious stew or the bread looks better, so I"ll take two servings of each!! ;)

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  6. I will do something or other to eliminate the cream of celery soup- not a cream of soup snob but trying to avoid extra salty stuff... thanks for this recipe it looks great!

  7. How much extra time would I have to add in the Slow Cooker if I made a double batch of this?

    Thank you! :)


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