Rich slow cooked beef stew

    8 hours 5 min

    Simple tasty beef stew cooked in a slow cooker. I recommend the slow cooker for this as you can cook it for 4 or 5 hours on a hob and stewing steak would still be a bit chewy. Slow cook it for 8 hours and it is lovely and tender and just breaks up as soon as your fork hits it. The picture is leftover stew which has cooled and is ready for shortcrust pastry to go on to make pies.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1kg lean stewing steak, cubed
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • salt and black pepper
    • 100ml cream sherry
    • 1.2L (2pt) water
    • 2 Knorr® beef stock cubes
    • 1 OXO® stock cube
    • 1 tablespoon Bisto® gravy granules (optional)

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr5min 

    1. Add olive oil to a frying pan, then add your cubed beef and chopped onion, salt and pepper. Lightly brown for around 5 minutes.
    2. Then add sherry and mix well. Pour everything into the slow cooker and add water and stock cubes. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 5 hours and then drop to low setting for last 3 hours. Beef should just break up when you touch it. Just 10 minutes prior to serving, add Bisto just to thicken gravy and give it a richer look.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve with boiled new potatoes or mashed potatoes and choice of vegetables.

    Other ideas

    If you have any left over, why not put some in foil dishes or any form of pie dish and add some puff pastry for a tasty meal for the next day or for the freezer?

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    thank you so much for this simple and delicious recipe! I bought my first slow cooker a couple of days ago and made my first ever slow cooker meal - so yours was the first one I tried because it looked easy and sounded delicious. It came out fab! all the family loved it. I just added a little cornflour before serving to thicken. Thanks so much!  -  29 Dec 2011


    made this using my trusty slow cooker. Every bowl was licked clean!  -  20 Nov 2010


    Really tasty but did add extra Bisto to thicken.  -  24 Jul 2015