When I first started using a slow cooker, I was delighted to prepare ingredients before I went to work so I could come home to a hot meal. Sometimes, however, there just isn't time in my morning routine. Searing meat, cooking vegetables, and reducing liquids sometimes amounts to an hour of prep or more. Then I decided to start using my slow cooker the other way: overnight instead.
Pan seared beef, fresh carrots, onions, celery, potatoes and mushrooms simmer in the crockpot while swimming in a bath of lovely bold red wine, Guinness and beef broth until the gravy is nice and thick and the beef is fall off the fork tender! My one AND ONLY Beef Stew recipe.
The Chew’s Time Saving Suppers show featured Michael Symon’s Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs recipe, which you can sear for full flavor and cook all day. http://www.recapo.com/the-chew/the-chew-recipes/chew-michael-symon-slow-cooker-braised-short-ribs-recipe/