Slow Cooker Beef and Guinness Stew

There is something comforting about slow cooked meat stews this time of year, and adding some guinness to the mix makes for a very tasty dish that is sure to warm you up on a cold day.
Here is my take on beef & guinness stew
serves 4 adults
1 kg beef- stewing or braising cut into bite sized pieces
3 tbsp flour
2 medium sized onion
2 large carrots
(you could add mushrooms too – I would but my OH cannot stand them!)
500ml bottle Guinness
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 oxo cube
2 tbsp oil
1 Knorr beef stock pot
1 tbsp thyme
black pepper for seasoning
coat the beef in flour
heat the oil in a saucepan and add the coated beef and cook for a few minutes to brown it
crumble in the oxo cube and mix well for about 1 more minute
add all the guinness, stock pot, tomato puree, thyme and black pepper and bring it all to the boil while stirring and boil for a couple of minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer to your slow cooker
Peel and finely chop the onion
Peel and cut the carrot into bite sized chunks
Add both vegetables to the slow cooker and stir
Place lid on top and then cook either
on high for 4 hours
on low for 7-8 hours
(until meat is tender and cooked)
Serve with whatever takes your fancy:
you could add dumplings to the slow cooker
or make it into a pie
serve in a giant yorkshire pudding maybe?
but for me nothing is better than buttery mash and peas on the side πŸ™‚
mmmm !
Β It must taste good because my OH complimented me on it!
(I usually just get a shrug with a “yeah, it was ok” or nothing at all! )
If you have any left over, you can freeze it or have it again the following night served differently e.g.
on a jacket potato or as a filling for a pasty.
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Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Slow Cooker Roast Beef
This is my recipe for slow cooker roast beef . It is a meal that I have been cooking for many years now. It is the easiest way to ensure meat that is tender and tasty. As the beef cooks it creates its own gravy which contains all the juices from the meat. Please try it, because you will not be disappointed!
Slow Cooker Roast Beef

I appreciate that a joint of beef doesn’t take long to cook the conventional way in an oven. However, I like the fact that I can leave it cooking all day if I want to, while I am doing other things. I often put my beef in my slow cooker before breakfast on a Sunday morning for Sunday lunch. This means that I have a few hours, maybe all day, to enjoy time with my family. Allowing us to go out for a walk to work up an appetite, or to visit friends or family, before I need to return to the kitchen and get the vegetables cooked, and the slow cooker roast beef dished up.  

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Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

slow cooker chicken
I experienced a cooking revelation today!
Thanks to Dawn (The Moiderer) I decided to try cooking a whole chicken in my slow cooker, as I was out all day and it needed to be eaten by tomorrow.
Now I am not joking when I say that the chicken was amaaaaaaazing! As I lifted it out of the slow cooker it literally fell apart! It was so moist too and even the meat from the drumstick and wings was delicious ( I am not usually fan of the brown meat on a roasted chicken!). The skin was fairly crispy – not that I eat it myself and there is no need to carve the chicken because the meat just falls off the bones.
So this is what I did:
1 whole chicken (mine was 1.765 kg)
I stuffed it with 1 lemon (cut in 2 halves)
 I rubbed the skin with Rosemary, and garlic (optional)
I also slashed the drumsticks (which I do when I roast chicken in an oven)
1 onion cut into 4 chunks around the chicken once it was in the slow cooker
Anyway, I put my slow cooker on medium setting at 9.30am and turned it off at 5.30pm. The meat falls off the bone it is the nicest moistest chicken i have ever cooked!! Brilliant!
If you are in a hurry, you can cook it on high for about 4-5 hours πŸ™‚
But do you know what, the meat is that good plus no roasting pans to wash up! I think I may never cook a whole chicken in the oven again!