November 5, 2016
You’ll Love This Easy To Make Delicious Beef Stew! When I was in high school, a long time ago, my mother worked and I usually started dinner before she returned home. Since I was doing a lot of the cooking, I was always on the look out for recipes my family might like.
I found this recipe in a teen magazine. Isn’t that funny? It was such a hit at home, my brothers and sister have copied the recipe and use it for their families. Dave has had me make copies of it to share with his friends, too. The original recipe was actually for lamb, but I substitute beef or venison.
The recipe has been changed a little over the years. The bigger chunks of celery were replaced with thin slices of celery. My kids did not like the bigger pieces, so by slicing them thin, they still get the vegetable and the flavor with no complaints. (Yes, they were tricked into eating them! They used to leave the celery chunks in their bowls.)
Olive oil is used when the meat, dusted with flour, is browned. The original recipe called for vegetable oil. Peeled potatoes were in the original recipe, but I love the Yukon Gold potatoes with the skins left on them. The potato skins are full of vitamins and they give the beef stew a nice ‘rustic look’, too.
It is hard to believe that the only seasoning in the stew is salt and pepper. The flavor of this broth is simply delicious. After browning the meat, chopped onions are cooked until transparent. Then a can of diced tomatoes and a little water is added to the browned meat and the cooked onions. The meat, tomatoes, onions, salt, and pepper are brought to a boil and simmered for 35 minutes.
In the summer time when we have good fresh tomatoes, those will be used instead of the canned tomatoes. The rest of the year, canned tomatoes taste better than the tasteless tomatoes at the local grocery. You know the ones I mean, not much more than flavorless mush.
Carrots, celery, and potatoes are then added to the pot. The beef stew is brought back to a boil and simmered for another 25 minutes. How easy is that?
In not much more than an hour, this delicious hearty beef stew, which the whole family loves, is done, hot, and ready to be served.
This is one of those hearty dishes my family most often requests. We have it year round. Click here for the recipe ►Beef Stew.
Homemade rolls are usually made and served with this stew but on occasion, we just buy a loaf of French bread to have with the stew.
You’ll Love This Easy To Make Delicious Beef Stew!