LONG ago…back when we were first married, I got a crock pot as a shower gift. I didn’t know a thing about them, or cooking for that matter. I ended up religiously going through the little recipe book that came with the crock pot. Two of the recipes in the book have lasted the test of time and I still make them very regularly. My original book was so battered and beaten that when I saw another copy at the thrift store for 25 cents, I bought it.
I’ve tweaked the recipe over the years but for the most part, it’s still similar to the original recipe. Here is the original recipe….
Here’s what I do:
The original makes a HUGE amount. I more or less half it…no worries though. Whatever you do, it turns out every time!
The day I made it and took the picture I didn’t have celery so I skipped it. I didn’t have canned tomatoes. I used two cans of condensed tomato soup instead. I didn’t have cloves or bay leaves so I skipped them. I keep all of the veggies that are left over from the open can from the childcare kiddos. If we have corn and they don’t eat it all, I put the extras in a freezer bag and toss it in the freezer. I mix the veggies all in the same bag so this day when I grabbed the frozen veggies out of the freezer there were peas, corn and green beans in it. I tossed all of them in. It makes for a more colorful and tasty stew. I only put it on high for four hours.
The recipe is so forgiving I really only HAVE to HAVE the stew meat, tapioca and tomatoes. The rest is personal choice…or the choice of what’s in the cupboard.
Over time I’ve started to add some garlic powder and onion powder…I often add a little beef bullion soup starter. Honestly, the sky is the limit on this. But, I want to say this….I’ve never had a bad batch and it’s never been the same any one time.
Years ago when we were cleaning up my dad’s farm getting ready for an auction, I needed to feed all my siblings, spouses and some of the grandchildren. I ended up making this only doubled the recipe and made it in a roaster instead. That was SUPER easy and a great way to feed a crowd.
I often make homemade bread or biscuits with this….YUM. Good old comfort food at it’s best!!!