Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Does the world need another beef stew recipe? Well, I think so. I like to try other recipes for beef stew. For me, it is the ultimate comfort food, but I really think mine is best, all modesty aside, AND it is soooo simple--nothing fancy. Try mine and let me know. You can add beef broth if you want, but if you brown the beef properly, you won't need any. Trust me.
- 1 1⁄2-2 lbs stewing beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 small onions, peeled
- 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
- 3 -4 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)
- 1 cup frozen peas or 1 cup mixed vegetables (optional)
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- water, to cover
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- Dust beef cubes in flour, salt and pepper in a paper or plastic bag.
- Shake off excess.
- Heat oil in a heavy dutch oven or frying pan on high until the surface of the oil starts to shimmer, but before it starts to smoke.
- Depending on the size of the pan, brown the beef evenly on high in batches.
- Don't crowd the cubes.
- Keep an eye on this so that it doesn't burn.
- You just want to sear the beef.
- Remove the pan from the burner and add the onions, carrots, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce (if you're going to use it) and enough water to almost cover everything.
- Return to burner and bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce heat to medium low--just hot enough to keep a slow simmer going.
- Simmer for about an hour or until everything is almost done.
- Put in the potatoes at this point and any additional water you think the stew needs.
- Continue to simmer for another half hour or until the potatoes are just done.
- Just prior to serving, check for seasonings and add more salt and pepper, more Worcestershire, if needed.
- Toss in the peas or mixed vegetables and cook for five minutes.
Very tasty,not a thick stew which is just what I was looking for.The meat was very tender and the bay leaves added a nice flavour.I left out all the "optional" ingredients except the worcestershire sauce.Will make it again!
Good base recipe. Even with the Worcestershire, I thought it needed more seasoning; I added more salt, a few generous pinches of dried basil and oregano, and some garlic powder. I also thickened the broth with cornstarch. Browning the meat is a really nice touch. The beef was delicious and tender. I used peas, which added a beautiful pop of bright green.