Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What we ate Wednesday-Beef Stew

This recipe is such a crowd pleaser-my boys LOVE this and get really excited.  I usually buy my meat already cut up for stew at the grocery store, Sam's Club or Costco.  This makes it easier to trim off any fat.  And being the frugal person I am I will buy it when it's marked down and if I don't use it right away throw it in the freezer! ;)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, visible fat removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade beef stock or canned unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 medium red potatoes (about 1 pound) cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • For thickening:
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup stock
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the meat on one side for 5 minutes without turning over. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  2. Turn meat, add 1 tsp. oil & brown another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Do not crowd the meat. Brown in two batches if necessary.
  3. With all the meat browned and in the pan, reduce heat to medium. Add onion & garlic. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes until onion is browned.
  4. Add stock (enough to cover the meat), salt, thyme & bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer for 2 hours, checking occasionally.
  5. After 2 hours, stir in potatoes, carrots & celery and bring to a boil. Cover & simmer 10-15 minutes until vegetables are done.
  6. Combine flour with 1/4 cup stock or water, whisking until there are no lumps. Stir into stew and cook 5 more minutes until thickened.

1 comment:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

YUM!!! I will have to try this with chicken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!