Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe Courtesy Paula Deen

"Wonderful hearty stew, serve with her other recipe Potato Casserole that I posted!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • 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 and garlic clove.
  • Add carrots and celery.
  • Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.
  • To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot.
  • Stir and cook until bubbly.

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  1. This recipe is similar to the Old New Orleans Irish Stew that I have made many, many times for my family.The difference is that the meat was seasoned, then dusted with flour.I also added i chopped bell pepper with onion and celery to the pot with meat drippings and sauteed them before adding any liquid.Cornstarch was added if needed to thicken.Otherwise the recipe was a beginning for stew. The taste was very good either way. Cooking time was the same. Sometimes I added diced potatoes and carrots to give the stew more body.
  2. Love it and it even impressed some stew snobs. I do season the meat with salt and pepper before I brown it
  3. Everyone I make this recipe for raves and raves... It is awsome. I do Italianize it a little. A change a few things. I dont add water, I add beef broth, dont add sugar or celery. I dont do the cornstarch thing either. When it is done cooking I add potato gnocchi to turn it into meat and potatos. This recipe gets the highest raitings in my house.
  4. I made this stew when visiting my parents. We all loved it! Great recipe. My dad is specifically asking me to make it again the next time I visit. My mom even went back for seconds and that is a rare thing.
  5. The best stew ever! It is a staple at our house and I now cook stewing beef for stroganoff and roasts in the same way. Delicious!


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