Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew

Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew


Ingredients:
2 ½ pounds good quality beef chuck, cubed into ~ 1 ½" sized pieces
1 bottle of good red wine
3 whole garlic cloves, smashed
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine, OR use more stock
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Instructions:
  • First of all. Brown the meat: Heat the oil in a large and deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef cubes, season with salt and pepper and stir. Sprinkle the flour over the meat and stir well. Cook until the beef is browned on all sides (do not stir too much, or the beef will not brown properly). Remove to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  • Step 02, Start the gravy: Put the skillet back over medium high heat. If needed, add a little more oil. Cook the onions and garlic until starting to soften. Stir in the Italian seasoning and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until the herbs are fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour the red wine into the pan, scratching the browned bits off the bottom. Cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the stock, Worcestershire sauce and maple syrup. Bring to a boil (this will help the stew start cooking faster once it is in the crock), then switch off the heat.
  • Next step is, Transfer to the slow cooker: On top of the meat, place the potatoes, carrots, celery and mushrooms. Very carefully (!) pour the hot liquid from the skillet into the crockpot, making sure the liquid runs down all the way to the bottom and underneath the meat (stir a little if needed).
  • Complete Instructions: https://healthiersteps.com/recipe/black-bean-butternut-squash-stew/



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