Saturday, January 10, 2009

Perfect Winter Beef Stew

Perfect Winter Beef Stew
from Kraft

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 2 hr 15 min

Makes: 8 servings, 1-1/4 cups each

3/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2 lb. beef for stew, such as beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch chunks
6 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onions (about 1 large)
3 cups sliced carrots (about 6 medium)
1-1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks (about 4 cups)
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 can (14-1/2 oz.) beef broth

POUR dressing over meat in large resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; turn to evenly coat meat with dressing. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large saucepan on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from saucepan; drain drippings.

ADD mushrooms and onions to same saucepan; cook on medium-high heat 10 min. or until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove meat from marinade; discard marinade. Add meat, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, broth and bacon to saucepan; stir.

BRING to boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour 15 min. Uncover; simmer an additional 15 min. or until meat is cooked through and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
Jazz It Up: Add 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves with the broth for extra flavor.
Substitute: Prepare as directed, using KRAFT Light Italian Reduced Fat Dressing.
How to Prepare Stew in Slow Cooker: Marinate meat and cook bacon, onions and mushrooms as directed. Remove meat from marinade; discard marinade. Add meat, onions, mushrooms and remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cook 10 to 12 hours on LOW (or 5 to 6 hours on HIGH) or until meat is tender. Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour mixed with 2 Tbsp. water. Continue cooking an additional 15 min. or until sauce is thickened.

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