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Beef Stew-Classic Winter Comfort Food

This dish does not take a lot of hands-on time, it does require several hours of cooking time. Beef must be first browned in oil and then cooked in liquid for several hours in order to become delightfully tender. You add the carrots, potatoes and herbs closer to the end of the process. It is pretty flexible so if you have other veggies on hand (string beans, peas, mushrooms, etc.), they would be a great addition.

Ingredients:
2 pounds stew beef- 2”cubes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. Paprika
6 cups beef broth or chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large carrots, peeled and roughly sliced
2 Tbsp.  minced fresh parsley leaves
Direction:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Season meat with salt and pepper.  In a Dutch Oven add oil and brown the meat.  Let it sear in pan for about 5-7 minutes or until nicely browned; Remove meat and set aside.
To the same pot add little oil- about 1 Tbsp. add onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sautee until softened – about 3 minutes. Add garlic, paprika and tomato paste and sauté for another minute.  Stir in flour and let it cook/brown for 2 minutes. Add broth; scrape up any browned bits that may have stuck to bottom of pan. Add  bay leaves, thyme and meat; bring it to simmer. Cover and place in oven; simmer about 1 1/2 hours.
Remove pot from oven, add potatoes and sliced carrots. Make sure that they are covered in liquid (if you need to add more stock to cover them, do so now.)  Return to oven simmer, uncovered, for another 35-40 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Taste the stew and adjust the seasonings as needed.  Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serve with crusty bread or herbed couscous. 

 Enjoy!!! 
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{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Kiri W. 02/20/2012, 4:26 PM

    Mmm, this indeed looks beautiful and perfect for Winter! 🙂

  • Alida 02/20/2012, 6:15 PM

    Lovely stew. Great recipe!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:02 AM

      Thank you Alida. Give it a try 🙂

  • firefoodie 02/20/2012, 9:40 PM

    Nothing like a good stew… slow cooked, tender and heartwarming. Nice post!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:06 AM

      I agree, nothing can beat that hearty stew on those cold rainy days.

  • JavelinWarrior 02/20/2012, 10:33 PM

    I love the suggestion of serving with crusty bread – that’s my favorite way to eat stews or soups (and often the only reason). I think my problem with making stews in the past has been that I haven’t given the meat long enough to tenderize – somehow it always comes out chewy…

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:07 AM

      Thank you. yes, time is the key here to tender meat.

  • Marina 02/21/2012, 3:40 AM

    Yes, beef stew is a classic, agree. Great post!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:09 AM

      Thank you Marina. Been and will be classic stew.

  • Amy's Cooking Adventures 02/21/2012, 5:07 AM

    Oh this is wonderful – perfect for a cold, snowy day!

  • Marina Momotok 02/21/2012, 7:20 AM

    I’ve been looking for an awesome beef stew recipe and I think I found it 🙂 looks delish and I can’t wait to try it out. Thank for the recipe!!!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:11 AM

      Thank you Marina. Give it a try, I hope you will like it.
      Enjoy!!!

  • Ann 02/21/2012, 8:15 AM

    It sounds delicious – a terrific post and your top photo is simply stunning!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:11 AM

      Thank you Ann. Enjoy your Europe trip 🙂

  • LinsFood 02/21/2012, 10:40 PM

    Love, love love beef stew – any time of the year! And my favourite way to eat it is definitely with crusty bread!

    • Inessa 02/22/2012, 2:13 AM

      Me too, love it and you are right, it is a comfort food all year round. 🙂

  • Denise 02/22/2012, 8:40 PM

    Yum, Yum, and oh yeah, YUM!!! Beef stew is indeed the best Winter comfort food! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Sugar 02/24/2012, 1:24 AM

    This looks absolutely awesome!!!

  • Jenn 07/07/2015, 5:19 AM

    I made this last night…..AMAZING. The best beef stew recipe I’ve made. And I’ve made a LOT. The flavor was great and it was thin enough and not too pasty!

    • Inessa 11/07/2015, 9:46 PM

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • yanira 11/07/2015, 1:21 PM

    can i make it on the stove top

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