My variant of Alan's beef stew

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I've posted this recipe before.  It's just about my favourite winter dish to cook.  It's labelled a stroganoff as it has paprika, and it's meant to have sour cream as well, however Alan's recipe doesn't really use the sour cream and in fact I actually forgot to add it in this time.  Oh well.  In fact with all the red wine it's more like a boeuf bourguignon.

No two stews are ever quite the same.  It depends a little on what's on hand and what needs using up.  But the core of it is much the same.

For this one I had a kilo pack of chuck steak, cubed; two 200g packs of streaky bacon, chopped; a bag of mushrooms, sliced; an onion, diced; several cloves of garlic, crushed; red wine, beef stock, flour, mixed spices, paprika, fresh thyme (leftover from all the other French stews that needed it) and a packet of cream of mushroom soup.  The sour cream didn't get used, and I also added in most of a packet of tomato paste.

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Everything prepped

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So find a plastic bag with no holes in it and mix up several tablespoons full of paprika, herbs, flour and the cream of mushroom soup

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Give it a good mix

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Then add all the beef into it and mix it all up so the beef is coated.

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So here's the onion, garlic, mushrooms and bacon waiting to be browned (the beef is next to this too)

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Meanwhile, you can chuck half a bottle of wine into the slow cooker (or more if you want), beef stock to cover everything (save some for deglazing pans too), the tin of tomatoes and a goodly dollop of tomato paste.  Turn it on to start warming up.

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So browning the onions and garlic

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And the mushrooms in a couple of batches

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And the bacon in a couple of batches

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And finally the beef

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And chuck the whole lot into the slow cooker.

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Set to high and go occupy yourself somehow for the afternoon.

Serve with some rice to soak up the saucy goodness.

Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the finished product.  But it was very yummy, and our dinner guests went back for seconds.

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