• To thicken the sauce, remove the meat and the vegetables from the pot. Skim the sauce of any surface fat with a flatware spoon. Then bring the sauce to a simmer with the SAUTÉ function on HIGH, MORE, or CUSTOM 400°F. Whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl until uniform, then whisk this slurry into the simmering sauce. Cook, whisking all the while, until somewhat thickened, about 1 minute. Turn off the SAUTÉ function and serve the thickened sauce on the side.
• For a more complex stew, use a 50-50 combo of broth and either red wine or a dark beer.
• And for an even more complex stew, also add up to 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves.