I absolutely love this stew, so much so that I've made it twice already in the past three weeks. :) In one batch I used plain apple juice, and in the other I used a spiced cider. Both came out wonderful, though my fiance actually preferred the one made with the plain juice, saying the other was a bit sweet for him. I loved it either way. It's easy and has great flavors, and I agree about doubling the sauce and seasoning ingredients -- I consider doing so a MUST. The only thing I did differently was to use baby carrots and add a bit more black pepper... and a little bit of garlic powder too. Thank you so much for sharing!
I made this recipe exactly as it was written using olive oil, not bacon grease, and it came out perfect! Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I made this again following the instructions just as stated, using fresh pressed cider from a local apple farm. This is such a tasty dish. Both of my kids loved it. The first time I made this I used pork stew meat and cooked it in the crock-pot.
Excellent! The cider gives it a slight tang that is wonderful. THis is the first stew I've ever had that left me wanting more gravy/broth - and I even doubled the sauce!
This is not your momma's beef stew! This is delicious high-class flavored stuff! The cider is really just a fantastic flavor- it doesn't taste too much like the original beverage (which is a good thing) with the additions, but ooooh is it good! I only used just over a pound of beef (we tend to prefer much less meat in our dishes than many recipes call for), and I felt it was plenty. I think this would be a great dish to serve at a autumn dinner party. I think guests would be wowed by this terrific unusual stew. I did find that I had to simmer the carrots and potatoes for longer than called for in the recipe to get them soft enough for my taste (IMO, stew should be kind of amorphous with everything melded together wonderfully and nothing crunchy). I love having my stew with some dairy in it, so we ate with a dab of sour cream (cottage cheese is my favorite, but we're out). Sweet, spiced and like BocaPat said, with explosive flavors! Next time I will try to make time to simmer mine longer. Thank you for a lovely supper!
Charmed, this was fabulous. I would have to say this is one of the best stews I have ever eaten. DH walked in the door and the first thing he says is "what smells so good?". The aroma that wafted throughout the house from this stew was absolutely divine. I followed your recipe exactly as written, including doubling the sauce, which I'm so glad I did because, just as you said, the sauce was delicious sopped up with crusty bread. The meat was so tender and when you bit into it, these great flavors just exploded into your mouth. I plan on making this again very soon, but next time, I'm going to omit the potatoes and serve this over egg noodles....I think it will taste wonderful that way also. Thanks Debbie for another great recipe