January 25, 2009

Stew - The Wonder Food

We love stew - it's easy to make, you can't really mess it up and it's a one bowl wonder meal.

We had a 1 lb. package of veal stew meat in the chest freezer for a while now and I had no clue what to make with it.

I found this recipe on BensBabe blog from the Nest What's Cooking Board.

This was out of this world delicious!

Lemony Veal and Artichoke Stew, adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two: For the Small Slow Cooker

Makes 2 Servings

(we had 2 extra servings of leftovers as well!)

1 lb. veal stew meat cubed

2 T flour

pepper and salt

1 small onion sliced thin

1 clove of garlic, minced - we used 4 - we love garlic!

3/4 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth

1/4 cup lemon juice

3-4 small red potatoes, diced

1/2 can drained artichokes quartered - i used frozen ones from Trader Joe's

1-2 T fresh parsley and basil - I totally forgot to even add these and it was still REALLY good!

Heat skillet over medium heat. Toss the veal with the flour, salt and pepper. Add the meat to the hot pan and brown on both sides. Remove and place in slowcooker. Place the potatoes and artichokes in the crockpot as well (NOTE: add the artichokes about 20 minutes before you're ready to eat - otherwise they totally breakdown and you loose them in the stew). Add the onion to the pan drippings and cook for a few minutes - until softened. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the broth and lemon juice and bring to a boil, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour over the meat and vegetables in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Add parsley and basil and cook for 20 minutes before serving.

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