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Best Ever Beef Stew

Best Ever Beef Stew: A Hearty Comfort Classic

 There are few dishes that offer the same level of comforting satisfaction as a well-made beef stew. Our recipe for the “Best Ever Beef Stew” is a tribute to the rich, savory flavors that make this classic dish an all-time favorite. With tender chunks of beef, hearty vegetables, and a luscious, aromatic broth, this stew is a warm hug in a bowl. Whether you’re enjoying it on a chilly evening, sharing it with loved ones, or looking for a hearty meal to savor, this recipe will become your go-to comfort food. Let’s dive into the delicious world of the “Best Ever Beef Stew.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds (900g) beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional; you can substitute with additional beef broth)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Prepare the Beef:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef stew meat and all-purpose flour. Toss to coat the meat evenly with the flour.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the floured beef chunks to the pot in batches, searing them until they’re browned on all sides. Remove the seared beef to a plate and set it aside.

Sauté the Aromatics: 4. In the same pot, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for a few minutes until they become fragrant and the onion turns translucent.

Simmer the Stew: 5. Return the seared beef to the pot, and pour in the beef broth and red wine (if using).

  1. Add the bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Cover the pot and let the stew simmer over low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the flavors meld together.

Add the Vegetables: 8. Stir in the sliced carrots, diced potatoes, and sliced celery. Continue to simmer the stew for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Finish and Serve: 9. Just before serving, stir in the frozen peas and allow them to heat through.

  1. Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  2. Garnish the “Best Ever Beef Stew” with freshly chopped parsley if desired.

Cook’s Notes:

  • For a thicker stew, you can add a slurry of cornstarch and water to the simmering stew and cook until it thickens to your liking.
  • If you don’t have red wine, you can substitute it with additional beef broth. However, red wine adds depth and richness to the stew.
  • You can also customize this stew by adding other vegetables like green beans or mushrooms.
  • This stew is even better the next day, as the flavors have time to meld. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat gently.
  • Enjoy your “Best Ever Beef Stew” with crusty bread or a side of mashed potatoes for a truly comforting meal.

The “Best Ever Beef Stew” is the epitome of comfort food, offering a rich and hearty combination of tender beef, aromatic spices, and a medley of vegetables. It’s a timeless classic that will keep you warm and satisfied, whether you’re seeking comfort on a chilly day or sharing it with friends and family. Enjoy the delicious, heartwarming flavors in every spoonful!

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