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    Basic Beef Stew

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    1 hr 35 mins

    20 mins

    1 hr 15 mins

    PanNan's Note:

    I know, I know, not another beef stew recipe. But, after reviewing 5 pages of beef stew recipes posted here, this does not appear to be a duplicate. It's our favorite. When I use my pressure cooker it's ready in less than an hour, and the flavor can't be beat. Note for the World Tour participants - stews are an English tradition, and typically include meat and root vegetables. English peas are also very common in British cookery.

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    cornstarch slurry

    • 59.14 ml cornstarch, mixed in (optional)
    • 118.29 ml cold water (optional)
    • 0.19-0.32 ml maggi seasoning


    1. 1
      In large Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat.
    2. 2
      Add meat; brown well.
    3. 3
      Add onion and garlic; saute until transparent.
    4. 4
      Add 4 cups water (slightly less if using pressure cooker) and tomato sauce.
    5. 5
      Add bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper.
    6. 6
      Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add carrots, potatoes and peas.
    8. 8
      Cover and cook 30 minutes on medium low or until vegetables are tender.
    9. 9
      Add corn starch slurry if sauce is too watery.
    10. 10
      Bring stew to a boil, stirring constantly.
    11. 11
      Boil 1 minute.
    12. 12
      Add Maggi seasoning and serve with crusty rolls.
    13. 13
      **Note-Time can be reduced if cooking in a pressure cooker.
    14. 14
      However, please check your pressure cooker instruction booklet for proper times.
    15. 15
      Each pressure cooker is different.
    16. 16
      Mine reduces time by 1/3.
    17. 17
      Some others reduce cooking time by 2/3.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 17, 2003


      WOW great flavor. Ironically, I didnt end up using my pressure cooker, but the meat was wonderfully tender and the gravy was really tasty. I didnt have Maggi seasoning so I used kitchen boquet, a browning/gravy sauce.

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    • on January 16, 2004


      We really enjoyed this stew! It was easy to prepare, the instructions were clear, and the result was a thick and hearty stew. Next time I make this, I think I'll add some red wine after the meat is browned and the onions tender, then reduce. I think that this would give this dish the depth of flavor that would put it over the top. Thanks for a great recipe, Pan Nan! :)

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    • on June 05, 2003


      Fallowed the recipe to the letter but at the last minute i made some adjustments to meet our personal taste .It was easy and turned out to be a wonderfull meal that we will do again

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Beef Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (626 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 439.6
    Calories from Fat 147
    Total Fat 16.4 g
    Saturated Fat 4.2 g
    Cholesterol 96.7 mg
    Sodium 823.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 36.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
    Sugars 8.9 g
    Protein 38.9 g

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