Old-Time Beef Stew (Paula Deen)

Old-Time Beef Stew (Paula Deen) created by Annacia

One of our favorite stews! Great on chilly nights! My notes are in parentheses. This makes a thick stew.

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2hrs 20mins
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  • 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!
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  1. Ryan C.
    The ingredients include beef stock but the instructions completely omit when to add (no mention at all). What's the deal
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  2. Julie E.
    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.
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  3. Anonymous
    This recipe was actually originally published by Better Homes & Gardens back in the 70's. Paula Deen has made a couple of minor tweaks to their recipe, but it is essentially the same, & very good.
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  4. sue07647
    I made this the other night and followed the recipe almost exactly - I switched out red potatoes for gold because we prefer them. Also, for ease (and taste) of thickening the gravy, I added a few sprinkles of instant mashed potatoes instead of cornstarch. Super easy and delicious. This was a wonderful stew recipe which I'm making again tomorrow. Quick question - has anyone tried subbing the water for Guiness?
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  5. Chef Delicia
    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.
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