Slow cooking ensures that the meat, apples and sweet potatoes become tender. Browning the beef first and toasting the cumin seed add complex flavor to this hearty dish, while apples, allspice, and thyme complement the flavor.
Heat small skillet on medium heat. Add cumin seed; cook and stir about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting. Set aside
Coat meat with flour. Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add meat in batches; cook 5 minutes or until browned. Place meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker; toss to coat well. Cover
Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Thicken with additional flour, if desired
Slow Cooker Tip: For best results, do not remove cover during cooking.
To prepare on top of the stove: Place browned beef, beef stock, apple juice concentrate and seasonings, including toasted cumin seed, in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour. Stir in sweet potatoes and apples. Simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes and apples are tender, stirring occasionally.