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Slow cooker honey beef and vegetable stew

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
8 hr 24 min
24 min
8 hr
Honey-sweetened beef stew is a classic Jewish recipe. Toss all the ingredients into a slow cooker for a fabulous, no-fuss holiday meal. Ten hearty servings of tender brisket and vegetables is sure to please any crowd. The aroma of this dish alone with have your family salivating. Serve with some challah bread for a traditional feel. A crunch leafy green salad also makes a fine starter for this meal. Kids and adults will enjoy the mild sweetness imparted by the honey and really love its comforting warmth. The sweet prunes are a great addition and become fall-apart tender during the long slow cooking.


Frozen chopped onions

7 oz, about 2 cups

Uncooked lean and trimmed beef brisket

3 pound(s), boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked sweet potato(es)

2 medium, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks

Uncooked baby carrots

½ pound(s), cut in half if large

Uncooked baby potatoes

1½ pound(s), halved


12 piece(s), pitted and chopped

Fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp, divided (from 2 small lemons)


5 tsp, divided

Table salt

1½ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

Canned beef broth

1 cup(s)


  1. Place onion, beef, garlic, sweet potatoes, carrots, new potatoes, prunes, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of honey in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add salt, pepper, cinnamon and broth; stir well.
  2. Cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours. About 5 minutes before serving, stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and remaining 2 teaspoons of honey; cover and cook on low for 5 minutes. Yields about 1 1/4 cup of solids and gravy per serving.


You can substitute dried apricots for the prunes if you prefer. For a stew with thicker gravy, spoon 1 tablespoon of flour into a cup and stir in 1/4 cup of the tzimmes liquid until the mixture is lump-free. Add the flour mixture to the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 10 minutes. (Might affect the recipe’s SmartPoints value.)