Crockpot Orange Ginger Beef Stew

(originally made 1/2013)

It was super chilly in NH yesterday, Jake had a sleepover last night and I had to drop him off after school.   I wanted to come home to a good smelling house and a nice hearty comfort food meal.    I'd earmarked this recipe to try on the Inspired Edibles blog.   The first thing I had to do was swap it to a crockpot meal, and then I modified a few things to work around our tastes.   This was the end result and it was very very good, and a nice change from our regular beef stew.    The orange made it seem not as heavy, but still comforting.

The orange juice component was a little vague-   dilute it how much?   I had some store brand frozen concentrate, made it as the can directed and just added a cup of it to the crockpot.

No picture of this one, I lack the photography skills to make stews look appealing- be sure to go check out the picture on the blog!   Maybe I'll give it a try at lunch time when the light is better.
* Exported from MasterCook *

              Crockpot Orange Ginger Beef Stew

Recipe Adapted from the Inspired Edibles Blog
Serving Size  : 8   

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1 1/2         pounds  stew meat -- cut into cubes
     1/4           cup  flour
  2              large  yellow onions -- chopped (used dried minced, 2 heaping tablespoons)
  2              large  sweet potatoes -- peel on cut into chunks (used yukon gold)
  3                     parsnip -- cut into chunks (omitted)
  6-8                     carrots -- cut into chunks (used baby carrots)
  2               cups  water -- (omitted)
  1                cup  dilute orange juice
  1 1/2           cups  beef stock -- (used reduced sodium)
  1                cup  tomato sauce -- (used 1/4c)
  2               Tbsp  grated orange zest
  2               Tbsp  grated ginger
  2                tsp  dried thyme
  1                tsp  dried oregano
  3                     Bay leaf

Add beef and flour to crockpot, stir to coat.    Add all of the remaining ingredients, mixing to combine.    Cook for 8 to 10 hours.  



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