California Beef Stew

"My first attempt at beef stew (hard to believe). The reason I made it is my mother broke her wrist and she loves beef stew...and guess what? She loved it! So did I and my husband. We've made it again and again."
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  • In 6 quart dutch oven over medium-high heat fry bacon until crisp and then push bacon to side of pan.
  • To drippings in pan, add stew meat and cook until well browned.
  • Stir in one cup water, wine and next six ingredients; heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 2 1/2 hours or until meat is fork tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile in a covered 2 quart saucepan over high heat, in about 1 inch boiling, salted water, cook onions ten minutes; add mushrooms and cook 4 more minutes and then drain.
  • Blend cornstarch and 3 tbsps. water; stir into stew and cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened.
  • Add onions, mushrooms, frozen peas and olives and cover.
  • Cook 10 minutes or until peas are fork tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  1. alichte_
    Excellent recipe and a great twist on an old time favorite! We even added som green olives for more flavor. Have fun and enjoy. --E--
  2. Amberngriffinco
    This is from the big old Betty Crocker cb my mom gave me ions ago. I use this recipe 99% of the time.. the red wine heightens the beef flavour.. don't leave it out.. the alcohol dissapates anyway... EXCELLENT!!!!!!


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