Best Ever Beef Stew




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Introduction

Indulge in the comforting goodness of the Best Ever Beef Stew, a hearty and satisfying dish perfect for chilly days. This classic recipe is sure to warm you up from the inside out with tender beef, flavorful broth, and a medley of vegetables.

Why Make This Recipe

This beef stew recipe is a timeless favorite because it is simple to make, incredibly flavorful, and comforting to enjoy. It’s the perfect meal to feed a crowd or to make ahead for easy weeknight dinners.

How to Make Best Ever Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds stewing beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown the Beef: Heat vegetable oil in a large pot, then brown the cubed beef on all sides. Set aside.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic: In the same pot, sauté chopped onions and minced garlic until translucent.
  3. Deglaze the Pot: Pour in a bit of beef broth to deglaze the pot.
  4. Add Remaining Ingredients: Return the browned beef to the pot, along with remaining beef broth, bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Simmer: Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours until the beef is tender.
  6. Add Vegetables: Add carrots and potatoes, simmer for 30 minutes.
  7. Add Peas: Stir in frozen peas 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve: Remove bay leaves, adjust seasoning, and serve hot, garnished with parsley.

How to Serve Best Ever Beef Stew

Serve the beef stew piping hot in bowls, accompanied by crusty bread or biscuits for dipping. It pairs well with a side salad or steamed greens for a balanced meal.

How to Store Best Ever Beef Stew

Allow the stew to cool completely before storing in airtight containers in the refrigerator. It can be kept for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Tips to Make Best Ever Beef Stew

  • For extra flavor, you can brown the beef in batches to avoid overcrowding in the pot.
  • Adjust the cooking time based on the size of your beef cubes to ensure they are tender.
  • Feel free to add in other vegetables like celery or parsnips for extra taste and texture.

FAQs

  1. Can I make this stew in a slow cooker? Yes, you can brown the beef and sauté the vegetables before transferring everything to a slow cooker to cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Can I use different cuts of beef for this recipe? Yes, you can use chuck roast, stew meat, or even beef brisket for this stew.
  3. Can I freeze leftover stew? Yes, you can freeze the stew in airtight containers for up to 3 months. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

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