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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff {Freezer Meal}

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Start this week off right with a delicious slow cooked meal that takes only a couple of minutes to prep, but tastes like you spent lots of time in the kitchen! I made this for dinner and my husband raved about it all week- definitely a keeper!

Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

2-3 pounds stew meat (or a 3-pound chuck roast, cubed)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium yellow onion, diced
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ cups beef broth or stock
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/3 cup flour
6-7 tablespoons apple juice or water
4-8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup light or regular sour cream

Place the stew meat, salt, pepper and onion in the slow cooker. Stir to distribute the seasonings and onion. In a small bowl, combine the garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and ketchup. Pour over the meat. Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. About 30 minutes before serving, combine the flour and apple juice in a small bowl, whisking vigorously to combine well. The roux should be thick but still pourable so add a tablespoon of apple juice or water at a time to thin, if needed. Pour the flour mixture into the slow cooker, whisking quickly to mix in the roux with the stew meat and juices and to avoid lumps. Add the mushrooms and stir. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir in ½ cup sour cream right before serving. Serve over pasta, rice or baked potatoes.

*This also makes a great freezer meal! I store the leftovers in a freezer-safe container and then thaw in the refrigerator (usually takes about a day) and reheat over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.

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  1. Carrie Smith says

    Could you freeze this prior to crock-potting it do you think? I am a member of a freezer meal swap group and I think this would be yum!

    • Cyd says

      We have only put this in the freezer after cooking. This should work freezing it before putting in the crock pot. Honestly we have never done it this way. But it is similar to other freezer meals.

  2. Lynnda King says

    Am making up comfort food for a sick friend to have on hand …. this was just perfect. I will definitely make this recipe again (and have added your site to my bookmarks!).

  3. Karen says

    So I’m sure this would totally change the recipe but we have a dairy intolerance in our family. Would it mess this up if we left out the sour cream?

  4. Tayler says

    I have an allergy to yeast extract which is the same as MSG and is in most beef broths so I subbed it for organic vegetable broth and it turned out great. I’m going to serve over rice.

  5. Annette says

    I would love to know if anyone has tried freezing without cooking first. I am running out of time prepping meals for daughter’s upcoming surgery and would love to toss this in bag and freeze!!

  6. Jessica says

    My husband loves this recipe. I always add extra mushroom because that is his favorite part. I made this in a double batch and froze some for when my second baby was born in June and it reheated beautifully.

  7. Katrina says

    I think this recipe looks and sounds delicious! Next Saturday (March 7th) i am going to be participating in my first freezer meal swap with a few girl friends, which I believe is going to be so much fun! Anyway, I am definitely going to make and share this recipe with them! With that being said, thanks for a awesome website and for sharing your recipes with us! :-)

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