French Beef Stew

Total Time
1hr 20mins
20 mins
1 hr

I have never, ever liked stew before trying this one. This has no onions and a nice "tart" taste, plus the meat and potatoes aren't cooked to mush. We loved it! Am printing the recipe as originally posted on (submitted by Corwynn Darkholme) but I made some substitutions based on what I had on hand. Instead of fresh potatoes, I used two 16 oz. cans of whole potatoes (halved). Also used a coarse stoneground mustard in place of the Dijon. If your mustard is salty, be sure NOT to salt the beef when you brown it. The flavor of the stew was wonderful BEFORE adding the mustard, so you could definitely leave that out and still have a delicious dish. I served with cornbread, but warm crusty French bread would be great as well.

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  1. Combine meat and flour in a large plastic food storage bag and toss to coat evenly.
  2. In a 6-quart saucepan or stockpot, brown meat in hot vegetable oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, beef broth, carrots, potatoes and thyme.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1- 1 1/2 hours, until beef is tender.
  6. Blend in mustard and serve.
  7. If you like a thicker stew, mix 3 or 4 tablespoons of flour with some water and add to the pot.
  8. Heat and stir for a few minutes more, until thickened.