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Fall, it’s not officially Fall until September 22nd. However, the kids are back in school, and guess what they are bringing home to mom, and I’m not talking about sweet art work I hang on the fridge. No, I’m talking about the inevitable creepy crud! Oh yea, my kids go back to school and in just a couple of weeks Mom’s down for the count! Some of you may have been wondering where in the heck I was. Well, I was in bed as much as possible, feeling awful with what I thought was just a cold, until it just got worse and included a fever and felt more like some kind of flu. Whatever it is, you don’t want it.
Now, I may have taken some time off from the blog, but just because Mom’s sick doesn’t mean she gets to call in sick. Honestly, I don’t know what these people would do without me. I guess they’re lucky I survived this one, amirite? No, absolutely no sick days for mom, so I have to get creative and find ways to work, without working. Here’s where I praise my slow cooker. I was caught off guard, and unprepared for being sick, so my freezer isn’t full of prepared meals that only need to be baked. Thankfully because of that slow cooker, and some dump recipes like this Chicken Enchilada Soup from friends Ellen and Aimee over at Like Mother Like Daughter, dinner wasn’t too much of a chore. Dump it in, turn it on, go back to bed. Seriously, when you’re done here, go check out that soup. It’s fabulous!
Now this recipe I have here for you today isn’t exactly a dump and run kinda recipe. This recipe is one I came up with quite awhile ago and after being sick, and having drizzly weather this week, I craved this stoup. You may ask “What the heck is a stoup?!” Well it’s quite simple, it’s half beef stew and half soup. So it’s a stoup, and it’s delicious! Perfect for that chilly weather that’s on it’s way.
It takes just a little bit of prep time. You’re going to want to get your onions, garlic, and celery all chopped up. For the onions and garlic I use a hand powered mini food chopper to make it go quick. Then for my carrots, I use baby cut carrots so I can skip the peeling and slicing. I just cut these little guys in half. Then I toss in my green beans which are just a package of frozen cut green beans, thawed.
For the potatoes I chose red. Any waxy potato you won’t have to peel like the red potatoes or yellow. If you choose Russet or baking potatoes, you’ll want to peel those first and then dice them, or cut them into reasonable chunks like I did. Now all that’s left is to cut up your meat. I bought stew meat already cut up, but even in doing that, those pieces are usually HUGE and I end up having to cut a lot of them in half or in thirds depending. So you’ll want to inspect it, and cut the meat into bite size chunks.
As I chop everything up, I just toss them into the slow cooker. Then I just toss it lightly to combine it all.
Now you dump in your crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Then in a small or medium bowl, combine your two cans of chicken broth and your 1/2 cup flour. Whisk that together until it’s smooth and totally combined. Then dump that into the slow cooker along with your beef consomme. Then give it a good stir to combine everything together. Now cover it, and set it to low for 6-8 hours. Mine took 6 hours, but please keep in mind that all slow cookers are not created equal. Sometime before you are ready to eat, and the meat is totally cooked through, give your stoup a taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. If you add more thyme or morjoram, let it cook for about 30 minutes to an hour to let the flavors get all happy together. I checked my stoup at 5 1/2 hours and the the meat was cooked and safe to taste. So don’t worry about breaking the stoup. It won’t break if you take the cover off that far into the process I promise. The seasonings as written in this recipe are on the light side because everyone’s tastes are not the same. So please adjust to your liking.
Now you’re ready to ladle your stoup into bowls, serve hot with some crusty bread for dipping, and enjoy!