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Chefs have secrets, even making deeply delicious slow cooker beef stew. All you do to create big flavor is brown your meat in a skillet on the stovetop first with a little oil. Sear the roast or chunks until lightly browned. Do the same with sliced onions. When it’s done, add a little wine to scrape up the crispy bits in the pan and toss it all into the slow cooker with root vegetables. That one step will give you crazy good beef stew, meltingly tender. Use brisket, bottom round or chuck.
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