Flavorful beef stew, loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs and balsamic vinegar, and served over cornbread waffles, makes for a fun and effortless slow cooker meal!
Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner menu planning? I have to admit that I do. Making those tried and true recipes is often just easier than trying something new. There’s little thought required in cooking an old standby, since I practically have it memorized, and there’s no question as to how kiddos will react to their dinner offerings, since I already know.
Beef stew is one of those meals for me. It involves quick and easy prep and does the rest of work on its own in the crock pot. It incorporates lots of veggies, which is always a win. And I can predict which kid will clean her plate, which kid will pick out all of the green beans, and which kid will do his best to avoid the carrots.
But the downside? It’s kind of boring. So I recently decided to take my favorite beef stew recipe and jazz it up a bit, lending depth of flavor with extra dried herbs, balsamic vinegar, and tomato paste.
The results? Ordinary, predictable beef stew got a little kick! And to make if even more exciting (or at least as exciting as one can get when referring to beef stew), I decided to bake up my typical cornbread muffins in the form of cornbread waffles instead.
I don’t know about you, but I pretty much can’t eat beef stew without first crumbling cornbread into it. But cornbread waffles? Well, not only are they fun to eat, and not only do they serve to soak up the juices of the stew, but they also bake up in no time.
Think about it…standard cornbread, baked in a pan or skillet or muffin tin, takes anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes to bake. But what if you’re in a hurry?
Well, first you pull your Homemade Cornbread Mix out of the pantry and mix it up in a flash. And then you pour your batter into the waffle iron, which results in piping hot cornbread in mere minutes. And then your family oohs and aahs over waffles for dinner. Because waffles make any meal more fun, right? Right.
Winter’s not over yet, so there’s plenty of time left to whip up a pot of hearty, comforting beef stew. And don’t forget the cornbread waffles! This meal will warm up your toes and it’s good for your soul…and what more can you ask of a dinner than that?
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