I didn't follow a recipe and I am not a good cook so no wonder my attempt to cook a beef stew meal is turning out to be so blah! This is what I chucked in the slow cooker.
- 600g beef osso bucco
- 1 diced red onion
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 carrot
- 6 button mushrooms
- 2 fresh tomatoes
- 3 chat potatoes
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1/4 cup soup mix of pearl barley and lentils
- 1 litre Campbell's beef stock
I just chucked everything straight in the slow cooker on high. its been about 4h and when I just had a taste it was so bland, how can I try and make this meal more yummy in a healthy way? What am I doing wrong? Do you think it might taste better after another 3h? Any suggestions appreciated.
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23-07-2013 18:05 #1
Any ideas how I can salvage this meal?
23-07-2013 18:08 #2
I think it might need longer. How does the meat look? Is it tender? Fall apart? If not then it needs longer.
23-07-2013 18:08 #3
23-07-2013 18:08 #4
Sounds good so far. I would add a bottle of beer, a few tbsp of Vegemite or some gravy powder, some mustard (whole grain or Dijon), some Worcestershire sauce if you have any, maybe a squirt of tomato sauce. And cook it on low for a few more hours.
23-07-2013 19:00 #5
Thanks for all the ideas! I turned it to auto (only have keep warm, high, auto settings) and added 1 tbsp malt vinegar bc I don't have apple cider vinegar. Don't have beer either. I will let it cook for a while longer then try adding some of the other ingrdients suggested depending on how it tastes. Am making it for tomorrow's dinner bc I will be at work and dh home with the kids. Hopefully it will taste ok.
23-07-2013 19:06 #6Senior Member
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I put a can of tinned tomatoes in my soup
23-07-2013 19:08 #7
Needs salt and depth. Maybe some tomato paste, worstershire and even a spoon of brown sugar.
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23-07-2013 19:09 #8Senior Member
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I would leave it longer, add some crushed garlic, possibly a cup of wine and some gravy powder?
A teaspoon of tomato paste?
23-07-2013 19:11 #9
23-07-2013 19:39 #10Senior Member
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Definitely agree with garlic, worstershire sauce, salt, tomato paste
Add a couple of spoons of corn flour dissolved in some water during last 20 mins to thicken sauce if needed
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