Meat Stew


1 pound lean beef,cut into 3/4 inch cubes
8 oz. lean pork, cut int 3/4 inch cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or bacon fat
3 cups water
2 carrots, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 beet, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 stalks celery, cut into 3/4 inch slices
2 medium potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
2 onions , sliced
1/2 head cabbage, shredded
2 teaspoon salt
2 tomatoes, peeled and quartered
1 cup frozen, defrosted green beans
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon basil or thyme
Ground pepper to taste


Brown beef and pork in oil in skillet. Place meat in slow cooker. Add some of the water to the skillet and stir to pick up the browned bits. Add to the meat along with remaining water, carrots, beet, celery, potatoes ,onions, cabbage and salt. Cover and cook on low about 7-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes, green beans, parsley, basil and pepper the last 15 minutes of cooking. Serve stew hot in large bowls with crusty italian rolls or bread.

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