Slow Cooker Root Beer Braised Beef Stew Recipe

February 18, 2013 in Entrees

Root Beer Beef Stew

Root Beer Braised Beef Stew

I laughed out loud when I saw this photo! Can you see my hubby/blog photographer¬†reflected in the spoon? He was standing on top of the island in my kitchen taking this photo and, well, I’m sure he forgot about the reflection effect!

Anyway, Valerie Phillips, a friend of mine and fabulous cook/food writer, has a new book out – Soup’s On! – and this being soup weather, I want to make at least a dozen of her soups. Her recipes are so creative and so easy to put together. Since we are in for more frigid weather, I plan on making gallons more soup in the weeks to come!

This is my spin on her Root Beer Braised Stew. The root beer gives a nice surprise flavor twist, something that makes you say “What IS that?”

I used Henry Weinhard’s - it has always been one of our favorites with a strong vanilla flavor.

– posted by Donna

ROOT BEER BRAISED BEEF STEW

3 pounds chuck roast, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 diced onion
1 pound red potatoes, cut into chunks
1 pouund baby carrots
1 cup sliced mushrooms
12 ounces cremini mushroomsm sliced,
2 cups beef broth
1 bottle (12 ounces) artisan quality root beer (NOT diet)
1 can (12 oounces) tomato paste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 bay leaves

Sear the beef cubes in the oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add to slow cooker. Add in vegetables.

Stir together remaining ingredients and then cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or high for 3 to 4 hours.

Other flavorful twists on Beef Stew:

Mediterranean Beef Stew, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Short Rib Beef Stew with Ale, Simply Recipes
Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew, The Amateur Gourmet

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