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See the days are getting shorter now. Plus, there is also a chill in the air. So, what better time than now to have hot, soup-like meals?
Honestly this time of the year, I most certainly could live on hot soups all day long. I mean I am truly not a fan of winter or the cold. Therefore, any warm meals and/or drinks I can consume is a true bonus for me.
One of my favorite cold weather meals is beef stew. Seriously, this is one meal that is truly comfort food for my soul.
I stumbled upon a recipe years back when I first got married.
Back then, I was gifted more than my fair share of cookbooks. What can I say, but it was 2006. So, online blogs, Pinterest and more didn’t really take off just yet. Nor, did I think I’d be blogger or one that shared foodie, family-friendly recipes.
But back to 2006! See, my husband being 100% is a real meat and potatoes kind of guy. Of course he couldn’t resist trying a beef stew recipe out from our new cookbooks. So try we did. Moreover, we have perfected it over the years. Even our kids will eat this one (well maybe not the picky eater!)
Recently though, It dawned on me that I should post my perfect beef stew recipe on my blog finally. Not sure what took me so long. But still it is my absolute pleasure to share this perfect beef stew recipe once and for all.
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The Perfect Beef Stew Recipe
A hearty and perfect beef stew recipe just in time for the colder weather outside.
- 3-6 tablespoons of olive oil
- ¼ cup of flour + 2 tablespoons on the side
- 2 ½ teaspoons of salt divided
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 2 pounds of chuck roast cut into thick chunks
- 1 whole onion roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- ½ cup of red wine
- 4 cups of low sodium beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 2-3 sprigs of thyme
- 3 carrots cut into 1 inch chunks
- 4 potatoes peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
- 2 stalks of celery cut into 1 inch chunks
- ½-1 cup of frozen peas defrosted
In a medium bowl add in ¼ cup of flour 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper, mix together. In small batches coat meat in flour mixture, tap off excess flour. Set to the side.
In a heavy bottom large pot or dutch oven, add in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Heat oil over medium heat, once oil is hot add in a few flour coated beef cubes, being sure they do not touch. Brown beef on all sides, then remove beef and repeat process until all beef cubes have been browned, adding more oil in if needed. Keep beef to the side for now.
If needed, add an additional tablespoon of oil. Raise heat to medium high and add onions and 1 teaspoon of salt and saute for two minutes then add in garlic, cook together an additional minute. Next add in remaining flour and cook about 30 seconds. Next, add in tomato paste, gently mix ingredients together before adding in red wine. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan once you add in the red wine to loosen all flour that was cooked in with the beef. Continue mixing together until the flour is smooth and the red wine has begun to reduce into a thicker sauce.
Add in beef broth, herbs, and beef chunks. Cook uncovered for one hour, lowering heat to a gentle yet steady simmer.
After an hour add in vegetables, except for the peas, and cover and cook an additional 55 minutes, occasionally stirring the soup. After 55 minutes, add in the peas and cook together an additional 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
There you have it hearty, warm and delicious beef stew for all!
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