Best Ever Beef Stew

Recipe by GrammaMikki
READY IN: 2hrs 20mins




  • Mix Essence with flour and coat beef cubes with mixture.
  • Heat oil in heavy-bottomed pot, and brown beef in batches. Brown darkly for a richer looking gravy.
  • After removing meat, add onions, carrots, salt and pepper to same pot and cook about three minutes or until soft. Add garlic and tomato paste and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add wine and stir to deglaze pan then add the broth, potatoes and meat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or till the meat is very tender. Add peas and soy sauce during the last five minutes of cooking time. Note: I removed the lid for the last half hour to begin reducing the gravy.
  • Remove bay leaves. Mix potato starch with 1/4 cup water and stir into stew to thicken. I served this with Cheese Toast and fresh fruit to absolute raves.