I luuuurve my crockpot.
1lb cheap lamb- I buy Asda Smarkprice lamb shoulder chops for this (Asda=British WalMart)
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 small onions (I class 2" diameter as a small onion- in the uk if you eat seasonally, this is all you get in feb)
2tsp tomato paste (NB: 1 UK tsp is 5mls, they're bigger than US ones)
1/4 jar curry paste OR 4 UK teaspoons curry powder
brown lamb in a pan, remove from pan.
fry chopped onions until golden, add paste, fry a bit more until you can smell the spices, add meat.
coat meat all over, throw meat and onions in crockpot.
pour in the tomatoes, then half fill the can with water. swish round a bit, add tomato paste, stir then pour into crockpot.
stir crockpot contents, cook for 4-5 hours. meat should be falling off the bone.
try and retrieve all the meat, remove from bone and add back to the sauce beofre serving.
do not forget to taste it all, but DO NOT ADD SALT until you are ready to serve, crockpots have an amazing ability to make food get saltier and saltier if you add it at the start.
1lb cheap beef- the cheaper the better
2 small onions
mushrooms- I like as many as possible, you may not so just leave them out.
2 small carrots (or 1 large one, small to me is 4in)
piece of swede (Rutabaga) peeled and chopped. again, do this to taste.
2 sticks celery (or 1. whatever.
1 pt beer (UK pint)
large pinch dried sage
1 beef bullion cube
brown beef in a pan. crumble over bullion. I use oxo.
put all dry ingredients into crockpot, layering as you go- onion,beef,veg etc
pour on beer. beer should cover the meat, if it doesn't, add more beer OR add water.
cook for 4 hours. check it's done by tasting the meat. if it's melt in the mouth, it's done- or it's time to throw in some dumplings.
dumplings (for 2.5 people)
4 oz plain (all purpose) flour
2 oz shredded suet (beef or vegetable)
sift flour into bowl. stir or rub in suet- i find it makes no difference.
add cold water little by little until it forms a dough ball.
separate it into 4 or 6 balls.
float them on the stew, put the lid back on the pot and cook for another hour or so- if your crockpot is fancier than mine and has heat settings, crank it up to high and only cook them for a half hour.
variation on the beef stew: use wine instead of beer. use pork instead of beef. use chicken instead of pork. use lamb.....i could go on. vary your herbs.
chicken goes better with wine, is tasy with sage and bay or rosemary and bay.
beef with beer or wine, sage, rosemary or thyme. Bayleaves.
pork with beer or cider, sage, rosemary or thyme.
lamb with wine, sage, rosemary.... thyme doesn't do too well with lamb.