Well isn't this appropriate for most of the authors on this site! LOL
I am pretty excited about this one, it has all my favourite veggies in it. I made this whole thing 2 days ahead and refrigerated.
1/4 cup flour
2 lbs stewing beef
(1" cubes - I buy the prepackaged beef and cut them in 1/2)
2 tbsp oil
coat beef in flour and fry on med-high heat until brown....keep scraping browned bits off bottom of pan.
In a large crock pot:
1 can tomato soup undiluted
1 cup water or red wine
2 tsp beef boullion granules
*****I substituted with 1L of vegetable cocktail juice
3 tsp italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 tsp black pepper
Stir well and add fried beef cubes.
4 medium potatoes cut into cubes (I omitted)
3 medium onions cut in rings
3 medium carrots cut into cubes
3 medium parsnips cut into cubes
1 small rhutabaga peeled and cut into cubes
1 cup celery chunks
**12 large fresh mushrooms (add just before starting crock pot if you are prepping ahead)
Cover and refrigerate.
Place crock pot on low for 4-5 hours or until veggies are tender. Discard Bay leaf.
Serve over egg noodles or on mashed potatoes!