If you want a great meal with the minimum of fuss and preparation, crockpot venison stew is for you. Though it can be made with other meat, the result is almost always the same; a family who are grateful and who devour it as if it was a meal for royalty. Best of all, even though it tastes fantastic, it is also a very healthy meal.
Ingredients (serves 4 hearty appetites):
2 pounds cubed lean venison (beef or buffalo can also be used)
3 potatoes, washed and cut in one inch cubes, peels left on *
3 carrots, cut in one-inch segments, peels left on *
2 medium or 1 large onion, cut in eighths
2 stalks of celery cut in one-inch segments
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 whole bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
* Leaving the peels on the potatoes and carrots can help increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in the finished product. In both cases, it is recommended that the vegetables be scrubbed well prior to cutting. Thin-skinned potatoes work especially well. As for the carrots, if the diameter is large, they can also be cut lengthwise, top to bottom.
Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and add enough water to cover. Put the lid on the pot and cook at low. Add water as needed to maintain the level and after about six to eight hours, the meal should be done.
For a meal in less time, cook at medium, but watch the water level more closely to prevent it from drying out.
Try serving this dish with homemade corn bread or blueberry muffins, served hot with real butter. A salad can be nice with this meal, but it is so filling that it really isn’t necessary.
If a thicker stew is desired, instant potatoes can be added and stirred in, just before serving.
For a slight change, try adding sweet bell peppers, cut into one inch cubes. Zucchini squash, peeled and in cubes, is also a nice touch. For something a bit spicier, diced jalapenos can be cooked with the other vegetables, too.
Fresh sage or oregano can be added just before dishing up, to change the flavor a little, as well.
Though perhaps not the quickest, if you want an especially easy crockpot recipe that will capture the attention and taste buds of your family and convince them that you are a miracle master chef, this is the one!