Simple home-style cooking is always the best and every culture loves stew - this version is a favourite in my family! Sometimes, I'll add parsnips or turnips - at other times, I'll omit the potatoes & serve over broad noodles - and occasionally, I top it with dumplings!!
- 2 -2 1⁄2 lbs lean beef, cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoons light olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
- 4 cups beef stock
- salt & pepper
- 1⁄4 cup red wine (recommended!) (optional)
- 6 -8 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 6 -8 potatoes, coarsely chopped
- 6 -8 small onions, coarsely chopped
- 1 (28 ounce) can Italian tomatoes, drained & chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- Pat meat dry with a paper towel.
- Heat oil & butter together in a large heavy saucepan.
- Add meat & cook, stirring constantly, until browned all over.
- Remove from pot, cover & set aside.
- To juices remaining in pot, add chopped onion & cook, stirring often, until tender.
- Add a little more butter, if necessary.
- Stir in flour & cook, stirring, until mixture is golden.
- Return meat to pot.
- Add next 6 ingredients (if using wine, I recommend adding this first to deglaze) - bring to a boil, stirring up browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
- Reduce heat, cover & simmer until the meat is tender- about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Add vegetables & continue to simmer until veggies are tender- about 30 minutes.
- Taste & adjust seasoning, if necessary.
- Sprinkle with parsley.
This was an excellent beef stew. We really enjoyed it. Simmering the beef for 1 1/2 hours made the meat nice and tender, without making the vegetables mushy. Unfortunately, I didn't have a can of tomatoes in the house, so I tried this recipe without them, and we thought it was wonderful anyway. I'll try it agian with the tomatoes.
I dipped my stew beef pieces in flour before frying to seal in the juices then proceeded as it says in the directions. The result was tender beef full of flavor, and the stew was really delicious! We really loved this recipe and will have it often in the cold months!