• Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

    Nothing compares to the tantalizing scent of beef stew simmering in the slow cooker on a chilly winter day. If you’re looking for an easy, delicious recipe, we have you covered! Throw this stew together on a leisurely Sunday, or prep it on a weekday morning so you can come home to a hot meal. It serves eight to 10, so you can feed guests or freeze leftovers.

    Ingredients

    • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    • 1 teaspoon paprika, plus more as a topping
    • 2 teaspoons salt, separated
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
    • 1/3 cup flour, plus more as a coating
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
    • 1 pound small white potatoes, halved
    • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, halved
    • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 cup red wine
    • 2 cups beef broth (low sodium recommended)
    • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
    • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped
    • Sour cream as a garnish

    Directions

    1. Toss beef chuck with paprika, salt and Coat in flour and shake off the excess.
    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add beef and cook without stirring for 3 minutes, or until the meat begins to brown. Continue cooking, turning the beef as needed, for 3 minutes more, or until most sides are browned.
    3. Transfer the beef to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add potatoes, mushrooms, carrots and Stir to combine.
    4. Place the skillet back on the stove and heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add tomato paste and stir for about 1 minute, or until it turns a brick-red color.
    5. Add flour and wine, and whisk to remove most lumps. Add beef broth, thyme, caraway (if using), 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Simmer and whisk for about 4 minutes, or until smooth and thick.
    6. Pour sauce into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
    7. Before serving, season with more salt and pepper and stir in the parsley. Once served, top individual bowls with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of paprika.

    The beef chuck is unquestionably the most important ingredient in beef stew. Find delectable cuts of beef and other quality meats at our retail store in Redding, CA. Check out our weekly specials, or call R&R Quality Meats & Seafood at (530) 241-7770 with any questions you have!

  • Tips for Planning a Holiday Party Menu

    You’ll probably only host one holiday party this year, and you want it to be a hit! Of course, everyone knows the food is the centerpiece of any gathering, so make sure you select a menu carefully. Not sure where to begin? Use this guide to help you get it right.

    Pick a Theme

    You could be traditional with your party theme, or you might choose a concept your guests aren’t expecting. Here are some ideas:

    • Take a Ride on the Polar Express: Serve food they might offer on the train leading to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, such as pancakes, biscuits and gravy with sausage, and Polish pierogies.
    • How the Grinch Stole the Christmas Party: Green food steals the show at a Grinch-themed holiday party. Think guacamole, pistachios, green beans and pound cake dyed green. Make references to the movie as well, with roast beast (peppercorn roast beef) and Who hash (corned beef, potatoes and onions).
    • A Trip Down Memory Lane: Prepare comfort foods Grandma used to serve at the holidays, including meatloaf, potatoes au gratin, sweet potato casserole, chicken pot pie and banana bread.

    Having a theme helps give you a place to start when selecting a menu. No matter what you choose, try to incorporate foods that people associate with the holidays.

    Decide What Style of Food to Serve

    The dishes served at a dinner buffet vary greatly from a cocktail party where everyone walks around and mingles. Make sure you only serve food that requires a knife and a fork if everyone is seated at a table. Otherwise, stick to finger foods and appetizers.

    Cater to Dietary Restrictions

    You may be a self-proclaimed meat lover, but this might not be true of everyone at your party. When you send out invitations, ask that RSVPs include food restrictions or requests. This will tell you whether you need to serve vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free dishes. Your sensitivity to your friends, family members or coworkers will help ensure everyone enjoys themselves at your holiday party.

    Make the Right Amount of Food

    One tricky part about hosting is making sure you have enough food and drinks without going overboard. While it’s always best to err on the side of too much rather than too little, keep these portion sizes in mind to help you estimate your amounts:

    • Protein (such as pulled pork, ham or brisket) – 4 to 5 oz per person
    • Fried chicken, skewers or kebabs – 2 to 3 pieces per person
    • Sushi or shrimp – 8 to 10 pieces per person
    • Side dishes – 4 oz per person

    If you’re searching for high-quality beef, shrimp, pork or deli meats for your upcoming holiday party, check out what R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has to offer! We’ve been serving up fresh and frozen meats to our customers since 1971. To place an order or ask a question, please visit our location in Redding, CA or contact us at (530) 241-7770.