Ree Drummond’s easy slow cooker stew recipe is perfect for the cold winter months and for The pioneer woman star, it also cleans her freezer. The result is a hearty Crockpot meal that can be easily assembled and slowly cooked throughout the day.
Ree Drummond searched her freezer to get an idea for a hearty meal
On a section of The pioneer woman, Drummond would use up meat in the freezer. “We are cattle farmers and as such we often have a whole beef in our freezer,” she said on the show. “But one thing you do not know is that when you have a whole beef in the freezer, all the good disappears first. The steaks, the really good chuck roast. ”
Drummond continued, “And then you’re left with a freezer full of meat, you’m not sure what to do with it – a lot of roasts, a lot of strange pieces of beef.”
She added: “Well that’s the stage I’m in right now. So yesterday I decided to thaw a whole lot of those weird pieces of meat and whip up some tasty dishes with them.”
Ree Drummond made an easy recipe for the slow cooker stew
Drummond demonstrated how to make his stew recipe on the show. “It’s out of this world delicious,” she promised. “And it helps me to empty the freezer full of beef faster so I can get a new one.”
Drummond salted and peppered the meat, sprinkled it with flour and browned the beef in a frying pan. Then she added onions, carrots, mushrooms, rosemary, parsley and red potatoes to the slow cooker. “With the casserole, there are not many rules at all,” she said. “This is going to boil for so long that all the flavors will definitely have a chance to release.”
She added the beef using roast beef in the recipe. “It’s great if you cook it long enough,” Drummond explained. “It will be delicious and tender.”
Drummond also sprinkled fried bacon in the pan and remarked, “It can’t hurt, can it? A little bacon makes it all more delicious.”
As for the casserole liquid, she whipped beer, tomato puree, garlic and Worcestershire sauce together and poured it into the slow cooker. “Some kind of weird combination, but believe me, when you pour it into the pot and it boils for hours, it just gets magical,” Drummond assured. She also added beef broth to the stew.
“Any kind of roast that has been stuck in your freezer for a long time needs many, many hours to cook to become tender.” The pioneer woman star explained. “If you have cooking liquid in there, it’s going to happen even faster.”
Finally, she added a whole jalapeno, which she had cut in half. Drummond put the lid on the slow cooker and set it low while the pan boiled for 6 hours.
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star made an easy pasta for the stew
To serve the stew, Drummond made buttery parsley lemon noodles. She melted butter and olive oil in a pan and added garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Then she added cooked fettucini while mixing the ingredients together. She added lemon juice, salt and pepper and tossed it all over again.
“So everyone gets a big pile of noodles on their plate, so the stew – beef, vegetables and gravy – is simply delicious,” Drummond explained. “You know, over the years, I’ve actually started to like the strange pieces of beef in my freezer. This stew is definitely one of the reasons.”
The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.
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