Preparation / Directions:
Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove and drain. Add beef cubes and brown well. Place browned beef in 3 1/2-quart crockpot. Brown carrot and onion. Season with salt and pepper; stir in flour. Add broth, mix well and add to crockpot. Add cooked bacon, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and onions. Cover and cook on Low 8-10 hours.
1 hour before serving: Saute mushrooms in butter and add, with wine, to crockpot.
Thicken gravy with flour combined with melted butter or margarine. Stir
into stew and cook on High until thickened.