Food Thursday: Beef & Sweet Potato Stew

Oh my. If you want a dinner that simmers away in your crock pot and makes your house smell like all kinds of good – then you want this recipe. Beef so tender you can cut it with a spoon. Sweet potatoes bringing just a touch of harvesty sweetness. This is some serious comfort food.

Beef & Sweet Potato Stew
2 lbs stew beef cut into bite-sized chunks
1 TB flour
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 slices bacon, diced
2 cans (14oz each) beef broth
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into bite-sized chunks
1 large onion cut into chunks
1 tsp thyme
salt & pepper
2 TB cornstarch
2 TB water

1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Add potatoes & onions.

2. In a large plastic baggie, toss beef with flour, sage & garlic powder. Heat 1 TB oil in a skillet and brown beef on all sides – add bacon for last 2 minutes. Add to crock pot on top of potatoes & onions.

2. Add beef broth and seasonings. Cook on low 7-8 hours (or high for 4 hours).

3. Whisk together cornstarch with water and stir it into the stew in the crock pot. Turn to high and cook for another 15 minutes. The cornstarch mixture will thicken this up and make a very hearty beef stew.

I loved this recipe. The kids gobbled their bowls – my son even had seconds. My husband thought it had too many sweet potatoes (but he would have been happier if his bowl had nothing but beef). In the recipe above, I changed the ratio of beef to sweet potatoes partially to handle his complaint and partially so that the stew has more servings – that was really our only complaint, there wasn’t enough for everyone to have seconds! The recipe as I’ve given it to you should easily serve 6.


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