Old-Time Beef Stew (Paula Deen)

"One of our favorite stews! Great on chilly nights! My notes are in parentheses. This makes a thick stew."
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins




  • Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook 20-30 minutes longer or until vegetables are cooked.
  • To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using seperate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly and thickened. Enjoy!

Questions & Replies

  1. The ingredients include beef stock but the instructions completely omit when to add (no mention at all). What's the deal


  1. I've made Paula Deen's old time stew dozens of time. The original recipe calls for 2 cups of water, no beef broth. On this recipe beef broth called for the on the ingredients list and water to add instructions don't match. I'm sure it's good with beef broth, but I feel that the natural beef flavour is more than enough; I would use unsalted beef broth and adjust to taste.
  2. I love this stew! I always double the liquid, cornstarch, and spices because we like lots of gravy. I also add a pack of mixed vegetables. I'm cooking this today and will add diced red potatoes this time.
  3. Very good stew! The allspice and paprika is wonderful in this! I did add my vegetables after 1 hour of meat simmering and then simmered for an additional 45 minutes. There was only about 1 1/4 cups of hot liquid so use only half of the cornstarch/water mixture. Thank you Sweets Lady for sharing. Made for PRMR.
  4. I liked the flavour of this dish, but there was far too little liquid - is there an error in this recipe?
  5. I have Paula Deen's cookbook that this recipe comes from, and it is true that there is far too little liquid...I ALWAYS have to add an additional 2 cups of water, and some beef stock (or bouillon), otherwise it would not turn out well. When I add the water and beef flavor, the stew turns out wonderful!


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