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Simply, a hearty and delicious beef stew that I've enjoyed making for my family for years. The subtle flavour of the savory and thyme infused throughout with the fresh taste of good quality beef and vegetables makes this a satisfying and enjoyable meal throughout any season. Tastes even more delicious the following day!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs stewing beef
- 2 medium yellow onions
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 celery
- 1⁄2 green pepper
- 2 large carrots
- 3 medium potatoes
- 1 1⁄2 cups frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn (optional)
- 1 1⁄2 quarts beef broth
- 1 cup red wine (optional)
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 sprigs fresh savory
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄4 cup parsley
- 3⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Cut meat into small cubes and dredge in enough flour to evenly coat meat. Heat olive oil on medium in heavy dutch oven pot and saute meat for 5-7 minutes until evenly browned. Remove to a bowl.
- Heat bacon drippings on medium in same pot and saute chopped onions, celery stalk and green pepper for 5 minutes until soft. Add minced garlic and saute for 2 more minutes. Add tomato paste, thyme, savory, bay leaves, salt, pepper, browned meat, chopped carrots on a diagonal, small cubed potatoes and optional red wine and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
- Mix remaining flour (1/4 cup or so) with enough beef stock until thickened and smooth and add to the pot along with the peas, optional corn, beef stock (pouring in enough to cover meat and vegetables) and simmer partially covered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours to cook and thicken. Toss in chopped parsley and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Discard herb stems and bay leaves. If a thicker stew is preferred, mix in more pre-mixed flour and broth in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Enjoy!
Fabulous stew! Packed with flavour and interest. I made the recipe exactly as stated and especially loved the savoury added to it. Warmed up the following day made it even more delish. I'll definitely make this stew again and again. My family just loved it! Served it with a warmed up crusty loaf and yummers scooping up all the deliicious juices.
MAde for PAC and very muched enjoyed this stew. I would not normally add in bacon drippings but made bacon for weekend breakfast so saved it. I followed the directions exactly as stated and added in the optional corn and wine. Used a merlot. Cooked this in my 6 qt cast iron DO and just loved it! The whole cottage smelled delicious and as it was FREEZING it was a great meal to have. DS and his g/f said they smelled it when they came up the drive. :-) as did the neighbors who came a calling. Served with a crusty artisian bread Our Daily Bread in a Crock - Weekly Make and Bake Rustic Bread and garlic butter and oh HEAVEN in a bowl.Thank you baby!