Favourite Beef Stew

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by CountryLady

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!!

Top Review by Hag chef

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pat meat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat oil & butter together in a large heavy saucepan.
  3. Add meat & cook, stirring constantly, until browned all over.
  4. Remove from pot, cover & set aside.
  5. To juices remaining in pot, add chopped onion & cook, stirring often, until tender.
  6. Add a little more butter, if necessary.
  7. Stir in flour & cook, stirring, until mixture is golden.
  8. Return meat to pot.
  9. 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.
  10. Reduce heat, cover & simmer until the meat is tender- about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  11. Add vegetables & continue to simmer until veggies are tender- about 30 minutes.
  12. Taste & adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  13. Sprinkle with parsley.

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