Mix of slow cooker with roasted fresh veggies & beef
A couple of months ago, I made a slow cooker recipe with beef, bacon, cognac, beef bone broth, caramelized carrots & onions, rosemary, etc.
Recipe told me to cook it in a slow cooker on low for 6 hours. Turned out, 4 hours would have been plenty. Everything was dead and done. Flavour was rich but bland. We are told to let ingredients marry - well, these ingredients were married and amicably divorced.
So I put the stew into a container and froze it.
This weekend I thought I might rescue this stew by roasting some beef and vegetables and putting some of all three into a warm bowl for dinner.
Strategy worked out great! Veggies were al dente / crisp. Meat was freshly roasted. Slow cooker stew added depth and flavour.
This is my new Go To beef stew recipe.