On to the stew. Moose isn't a common ingredient in my house, but I happened to have some in the freezer courtesy of my in-laws. I also happened to have a half dozen men coming by the house this evening giving me good reason to cook it up (cause I ain't gonna eat, moose and I aren't exactly best friends!). Now to get all factual on ya, I didn't actually cook the stew last night. I just assembled the ingredients in the slow cooker and switched it on this morning before work (allow me an aside: if you've never used a slow cooker, I highly recommend it - life-saving cooking tool for the busy working girl!) When we got home this evening, we were greeted by the delicious aroma of a hearty stew simmering away, ready for the burly men to dig into when they arrive for the car-party.
I used this recipe as a guide, but modified it to suit my needs (as I usually do with recipes). A couple of the changes I made:
- used moose instead of beef (obviously, its moose stew)
- didn't brown the beef, but seasoned it with S-n-P and tossed with some flour
- replaced sweet potato & celery with carrots & turnip
- used mini potatoes instead of average sized ones
- added in worcestershire sauce and garlic...garlic makes everything better.
|Moose, veg, and broth all hanging out and getting to know each other in the slow cooker.|
|And the finished stew. Everyone came together and made friends.|
All in all, a good start to a year-long recipe adventure.