In my opinion, Fall brings with it the beginning of comfort foods and I love it. My crock usually finds a permanent place on the kitchen prep area for several months. Helping make some wonderful stews, soups and casseroles for those cooler & of course, busy days. I love the ease and capabilities of a good crock pot, but more than that I love coming home, walking in the door and smelling a wonderful meal that has prepared itself all day and is ready for you. I promise to share some of my favorite crock recipes in the next few months, however this isn’t one of them! NO CROCK here!!! The other day I fixed my SUPER easy skillet stew that doesn’t require your crock and it will be ready in less than an hour. No JOKE!
Get you some great cuts of stew meat. During this time of year I go to my fave meat butcher shop and grab several packages of stew meat, (never underestimate the use of a good cut of stew meat)! Have it on hand for days just like these.
So I usually pull the meat out of the freezer before heading out the door, set it in the fridge to thaw during the day while I’m at work and running’ around, and it will be ready for you when you get home later in the day.
GCC SKILLET STEW
- (1) envelope of Lipton onion soup mix
- 1 # stew meat (cut in chunks)
- 2 medium potatoes (partially peeled and cubed)
- 1 c. of small baby carrots (cut into small pieces)
- 1/2 c. fresh or frozen peas
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- cajun seasoning
- 1.5 to 2 c. water or beef broth
- egg noodles (cooked & drained) optional
In a large skillet, add your stew meat and cook till browned. Just a side note…(I hardly EVER use oil or shortening to pre-cook my meats). Once browned, set aside. In a small bowl mix your soup mix with the water (or broth) and blend.
Add this mixture to your meat and simmer for about 15 minutes on med/high. Gently add the carrots, onions and additional seasonings that you might want. I leave some of the potato skin on the potatoes for more of a rustic taste. Simmer for another 40 minutes. During the last 15 minutes, you can add your fresh or frozen veggies! If you want to serve over some noodles, just cook and drain as per instructions and serve warm.
You can serve with some hot biscuits as I did or rolls. YUM! Great as leftovers too!