The crockpot is a marvelous invention, especially in winter. It can create all sorts of tasty comfort foods that would perhaps have to be supervised if they were to be cooked on a stovetop or in an oven or something. Like stew. We had a fondue on Sunday evening, and I had beef leftover. Unfortunately not enough beef to make a whole pot of stew, so I had to take beef out of the freezer to supplement it. Then, the next morning as I was searing it off to plop in the crockpot, I decided not to use the fondue beef since it had sat out on the table for a long time.
Anyway, I wandered amongst my favourite food blogs and recipe books looking for a crockpot stew recipe and found this one for Italian Beef Stew (clicky). It looked really good, so I thought I’d give it a try, although I wasn’t too sure about stirring in spinach at the end. It was pretty good on the day I made it, and even better yesterday. Stew and soup are like that. Always better after they have sat in the fridge for a day.