Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Stew

What do you think of when you think about fall? I think about all the outdoor fun – football games, pumpkin patches, hay rides, and apple picking.  And after a day of fun outdoor activities this Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Stew is just what you want to come to.

I love effortless meals, and this one couldn’t get any easier.  After just a few minutes of chopping everything goes into the crock pot and we head out for the day.  Is there anything better than coming home to be greeted by the smell of dinner waiting for you?  It’s such a cozy and welcoming feeling.

This Oktoberfest Stew is full of all the flavors of fall.  Sweet sausage, potatoes, carrots, and plenty of garlic.  It also serves as a chance to get some homemade chicken stock in our diets.  Real chicken stock is a superstar when it comes to boosting your immunity.  With all these sniffles and viruses making the rounds I’ll take all the help I can get to keep us healthy.

I like to use organic chicken apple sausage in my version of this stew.  It gives the stew a sweetness that both my kids love.  If smoky or spicy is more your thing then you can substitute a different sausage without needing to change anything else.

Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Stew

 Oktoberfest Stew

Slow Cooker Oktoberfest Stew
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Serves: 4
  • 5 large russet potatoes, diced
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package Organic Chicken Apple Sausage (or other smoked sausage), sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place all ingredients into a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Remove bay leaf and serve.

An Our Family Eats original recipe.

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