Crock Pot Beef Stew Recipe
French Estouffade Provençale
This crock pot beef stew recipe requires a little work to get it started, but the minimal effort will pay off with a rich and flavorful dinner waiting for you at the end of the day.
What is Estouffade?
Estouffade is a cooking technique that is popular in the south of France. It is essentially a stew that simmers at a low temperature for many hours. Long slow cooking virtuallly guarantees tender results, even when using less expensive cuts of meat.
Although beef estouffades are probably the most common, an estouffade might be made with beans, tomatoes and garlic, with partridge and lentils, or with other combinations of ingredients and flavors. The essential point is that the dish needs to cook slowly. This makes it perfect for the crock pot.
The flavors in this crock pot beef stew recipe are surprisingly complex and layered. Use a fairly decent wine to make it as the flavor of the wine is definitely going to determine the outcome of the dish. I like to use Nyon olives, but more easily found Nicoise olives will work as well. For a delicious and satisfying meal, try serving this in large shallow bowls with a side of cheese topped