Slow Cooktober Day 3: Beef Stew vs. Chicken & Dumplings

A slow cooker recipe is the comfort food we crave as it starts to get cooler outside. Twin cities Live Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych made Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings and 5 Eyewitness News meteorologist Wren Clair made Slow Cooker Beef Stew.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Ingredients

2 pounds cubed stew beef
3 cups water
1 (0.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
1 (1 ounce) package dry beef stew seasoning mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
2 large potatoes, cut into chunks
4 stalks celery
1 large onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) package fresh sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Put beef in slow cooker
2. Whisk water, gravy mix, and stew seasoning together in bowl until no dry mix remains: add Worcestershire sauce, whisk again and pour over the beef. Add tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, celery, mushrooms and onion.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours (or 6 hours on high) stirring after 4 hours.

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
Ingredients

1lb of chicken thighs
2 cups of water mixed w/ 2 tablespoons of Better than Bouillon Chicken (link betterthanbouillon.com)
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of celery soup
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
½ stick of butter – cubed
1 medium yellow onion – chopped
1 shallot – chopped
A few shakes of your favorite turkey or chicken seasoning
1-2 cups of chopped carrots
3 stalks of celery – chopped
1 ½ cups of frozen peas
1 package of refrigerator biscuits
Salt & pepper to taste
1-2 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
Chopped parsley for garnish

Directions:
1. Add chopped onions & shallots to slow cooker.
2. Add chicken thighs.
3. Top with cans of soup, thyme, turkey seasoning, salt & pepper & stir.
4. Add 2 cups of water & bouillon mix.
5. Top with cubed butter.
6. Cook for 3 hours of high or 6 hours on low.
7. Shred chicken.
8. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.
9. Add carrots, celery, frozen peas, Worcestershire sauce.
10. Add biscuit pieces.
11. Cook 1 hour on high.
12. Top with parsley.

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