Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew – It’s the first day of Fall! 🍁 Time to pull out the thick sweaters, jeans, and boots! There are so many fun things to do in the fall – football games, chili cook-offs, festivals, and marching band competitions. 🏈☕🎶 It’s also time for soul-warming comfort foods, especially the Crock Pot variety. Come home from your grand adventures rosy-cheeked and windblown to the wonderful scents of a savory stew ready to eat when you are. Add a nice hunk of warm buttered bread drizzled with honey to your plate and lay a fire in the grate. Life doesn’t get much better than that. 😊

This is basically the same dish as the Autumn Harvest Stew oven version. Add whatever root vegetables you have on hand. This batch is sans the potatoes and/or rutabagas simply because I was out. Our favorite smoked sausage has always been Eckridge Skinless. It’s not easy to find in my area so when I do, I grab enough for several meals and freeze the packages. Use whatever you love best.

I didn’t add all the seasonings to this batch as I normally do since I used pre-seasoned diced tomatoes, but it definitely wouldn’t have hurt to sprinkle on a few more herbs in this case.

Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew

1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into disks
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 rutabaga (or 2-3 turnips), peeled and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 small head of cabbage, cut into small chunks
1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, & Oregano
1 (14.5 oz.) can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Rosemary & Oregano
Salt & pepper, each layer

Add if using plain diced tomatoes:
Mix all of the following together in a small bowl and sprinkle some on each layer:

1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. rosemary

Firstly, layer the vegetables in a Crock Pot or slow cooker in this order: carrots, rutabaga, celery, potatoes, and cabbage, sprinkling a little of the herbs, salt, and pepper over each layer.

Secondly, spread diced tomatoes (including liquid) over the cabbage layer then top with the sliced smoked sausage. Sprinkle a little more of the seasonings over all.

Cover and turn Crock Pot to low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours, until root vegetables are fork-tender. Stir entire contents to distribute the meat and vegetables evenly at end of cooking.

Serve with warm crusty bread, if desired.

  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock Pot Autumn Harvest Stew | Culinary Craftiness
  • Crock-Pot-Autumn-Harvest-Stew-Culinary-Craftiness

In addition to all the wonderful things to do in the autumn, my fave by far is to wrap up in a warm shawl and build a beautiful campfire in the backyard. Moreover, this year, I’m going to put a grate over the hot coals and make a gorgeous stew in my cast iron Dutch oven. Just like they did back in the good old days. So here’s to a happy fall, y’all! 🍁

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