Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is "Hands Down" the best I've ever made! The thyme is what sets it appart. The garlic will end up very mild. Use less if you like. (I have now edited the recipe to include corn starch to thicken the broth. This of course is optional)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef and sauté 1 minute uncovered.
  3. Add beef stock, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.
  4. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. ---------------.
  7. Meanwhile, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat.
  8. Add potatoes, onion and carrots.
  9. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minute.
  10. Add vegetables to beef stew.
  11. (Optional) mix corn starch in 1 or 2 tablespoons cold water. Add to stew and stir thoroughly to thicken broth.
  12. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender.
  13. Discard bay leaves, let cool then tilt pan and spoon off fat.
  14. Can be made in morning or day before.
  15. Heat, sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Most Helpful

Made this today and we are all impressed with the results. Fantastic with some fresh biscuits. I did reduce the thyme to 1tsp as I don't care for a lot of thyme. The only change I would make is I would add some red wine next time. Great recipe, tanks. Wow this is good was heard around the table.

The Silly Goose November 21, 2014

OMG?This was a crowd pleaser at my St Patricks Day dinner last night:). The only thing I would change is to cut the potatoes and carrots a bit smaller, and use less potatoes and more meat. I did take one reviewers recommendation an added 1/4 cup of red wine. Note: The recipe doesn't say whether to add the chunks of garlic to the meat or sauté with the veggies, but I sautéed with the veggies and it was perfect! Par cooking the veggies in butter, made everything not mushy :)

bisqueena March 19, 2015

Wow! My family loved it and I loved how easy it was to make! Thanks for posting such a tasty dish.

Harried Mom March 27, 2011