Beef Stew Recipe

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Comfort, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'm not a huge meat-eater, but this is one meal I cannot resist. Beef stew is just so comforting when the weather turns cold! At first glance it may seem overly-simple (like no spices, sheesh!) but I swear it's delicious! My Mom has been making it for years and when she gave me the recipe I could not believe it! :)

Beef Stew

2 lbs stew meat (approx., more or less will work fine!)
1 c. red wine
1 c. beef broth
1/2 - 1 c. frozen peas
1/2 - 1 c. frozen pearl onions
1/2 - 1 c. frozen or fresh cut carrots
1 Bay Leaf
Salt & Pepper to taste
2-3 T. Flour

1. Pat dry (This is important! This is one of the few things I use paper towels for!) your stew meat, and cut into bite size chunks. Place meat in a gallon ziploc bag with a couple tablespoons of flour. Shuffle the bag until all pieces are coated.

2. Brown meat in a frying pan with a small amount of oil. You don't need to cook it long, most of the cooking will be done in the crock-pot.

3. Add stew meat, wine, broth, peas, onions, carrots, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to your crock-pot. You may choose to add more or less of each veggie depending on your taste!

4. You may need to add more liquid to cover meat and veggies, if you do, be sure to add equal parts wine and broth.

5. Stir and cover. Cook on high for 6-7 hours, allowing the beef to become tender. Stir every hour or so.

6. Serve with mashed potatoes and Dijon biscuits.

PS - The secret to amazing mashed potatoes is sour cream. I add butter, a splash of milk and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. They're bad for you, but I figure if you're going to go through the trouble of making homemade mashed potatoes they might as well be good! :)

Enjoy!

7 comments :

  1. thanks for the recipe! i'm totally going to try it this week. it has been so rainy and dreary lately, this will be perfect!

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  2. looks amazing. Can't wait to try them. Your posts always cheer me up. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. I think I need to make this tomorrow!

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  4. I love beef stew! I use fresh onions and no peas, but otherwise my recipe is very similar. My secret to mashed potatoes is cream cheese ~ you can even freeze them when you make them with cream cheese, something that can't be done with most mashed potatoes.

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  5. Yum, that looks great! I bet they would work well in a dutch oven too?

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  6. Thanks for posting (Aviva_hadas from flickr) the wine is the secret in this recipe. (I cook my brisket in wine & should have made the connection to stew...)

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  7. Hi Jeni- I'm visiting from Katie's blog at www.katieskrafts.blogspot.com !

    Loving your blog!!
    My crockpot has entered the kitchen for the season and this looks like the perfect dish to try out!

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