Wednesday, October 29, 2008

French Beef Stew

Serves: 6-8

3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 lb. beef stew meat
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cans (5.5 oz. each) V8 juice
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/3 c. quick-cooking tapioca
1 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. basil
1/2 t. pepper

Place potatoes in the bottom of crockpot. Top with carrots, beef and onions. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over the vegetables. Cover and cook on low 9-10 hours or until vegetables are tender.

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Tips: If you are like me, tapioca is not something you keep on hand. This was the first time I had used it to cook with. It did give this stew a nice thickness and did not alter the favor. Because I have it in my pantry now, I will look for more recipes to use it in and share them with you when I find a good one. Overall this beef stew was easy to put together and very tasty! I also shared this recipe at Tales From the Fairy Blogmother's What's Cooking Wednesday.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home's 2003 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes


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