Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kelly's Stew

My mother-in-law Kelly with my son Nathan in 2008

I love my mother-in-law Kelly. In addition to being a loving and supportive mother-in-law and grandma, she is also a fantastic cook! Her stew, in particular, is always a hit. I've adapted her recipe for the crockpot but you can also make it in a dutch oven.

Kelly's Stew

printable recipe 

(adjust amounts and ratio of ingredients according to family size and preference)
Stew meat (Costco's is the best!)
potatoes (your preference)
salt and pepper
Montreal Steak Seasoning

Peel and cut potatoes into bite-size chunks. If using red potatoes, leave the skins on. Place in crock pot.  Cut onions into chunks and add to crockpot.

Peel carrots and cut into pieces (if not using baby carrots) and place on top of the potatoes and onions.

Mix flour, salt, pepper, and Montreal Steak Seasoning in a plastic bag. Be generous with the seasonings! Add stew meat chunks to the bag and toss to coat. Melt a tablespoon or two of butter over medium heat in a large skillet.

Place meat in single layer in skillet, brown on all sides, then add to crockpot.

Brown meat in batches, as butter dries up add a little water to skillet, scrape up drippings and seasonings, and pour over meat in crockpot.

Melt more butter and repeat with next batch of meat until all meat is browned and in crockpot.

Add a couple of tablespoons of butter to crockpot, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Add additional water or seasonings as needed once it gets within the last hour or two of cooking.

the finished product!

This recipe is featured in Meal Plan: Nov 29-Dec 5.


  1. I love that this recipe has no creamed based soups in it. I will try this soon. I hope I can find that seasoning around here. Hope it's not just in Colorado and Montana :)

  2. Jill, Montreal Seasoning is put out by McCormick so I'm guessing it is a national product. It's one of may favorite seasonings on steak. Looks like a yummy recipe!