Crock Pot Beef Stew
2 pounds beef stew meat
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon seasoning salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, diced
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cups water
2 heaping teaspoons beef demi-glace (or beef Swanson Flavor Boost)
4 medium to large red skinned potatoes, washed & diced
3 large carrots, peeled & sliced
1 stalk celery, diced
Shake the beef stew meat in a resealable plastic bag with the flour & seasoning salt until evenly coated. Heat the olive oil in a skillet; add the floured stew meat to the pan & brown on all sides. Remove using a slotted spoon or tongs & place into the bottom of a slow cooker. Season with pepper.
Saute the diced onion in the same hot skillet for 2 minutes. Don’t worry about cleaning it out in between – that’s added flavor! Transfer the onions into the slow cooker as well. Pour in the Worcestershire sauce, water, & beef demi glace (or Swanson Flavor Boost) and whisk until mixed, making sure you scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat & set aside.
Add the diced potatoes, carrots, celery, & bay leaves to the slow cooker. Now, pour the broth/Worcestershire mixture in the crock pot as well. Cover; cook on low for 8 hours. Remove the bay leaves before serving.