I put the 7-UP in for a tenderizer for the beef and to give it a little different flavor.
There are 7 of us and that is why such a big batch. This is a great meal to make for sports nights or any night you are looking for good old fashion "comfort food".
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- 5 Tbsp
- olive oil (to brown meat)
- 5 lb
- cut up beef stew meat
- 5 stick
- celery (chopped)
- 5 lb
- carrots (peeled and cut in thirds)
- 5 lb
- potatoes (cut in halves or thirds)
- 5 large
- onions (peeled and quartered)
- 1/2 tsp
- each: salt, ground red pepper
- 1 tsp
- each; dry basil, ground black pepper, garlic powder
- 1/2 bottle
- (2- liter) 7-up pop
- water to cover
- 4 pkg
- brown gravy mix
- 4 Tbsp
- corn starch
- 1/2 c
- 2-3 can(s)
- peas (or... 1-2 bags frozen peas)
STEP 5 (OPTIONAL)
1Brown the cut up beef stew meat in a skillet with a little olive oil. Do this in batches, putting the browned meat into a large roast pan.
Wash and chop the celery and sprinkle around the roast pan with the meat.
Wash and peel carrots and cut to desired size. Put in roast pan on top of browned beef and celery.
I do not peel my potatoes, and I use red and yellow together if on hand. Clean the potatoes cut to desired size and put in roast pan on top of carrots.
Peel onions and cut into quarters or your desired size.
2Sprinkle spices over the ingredients in the pan.
3Pour 1/2 of a bottle of 7-UP over the spices in the pan. Add enough water to cover the ingredients in the roast pan.
Put lid on Roast Pan, place in 450 degree oven for 30 minutes. Turn down the oven to 350 degrees and continue cooking for 90 minutes. (Do not lift the cover!).
4Remove roast pan from oven and place on top of stove. Remove at least half of the meat and veggies from the roast pan. Turn the heat to medium high on the stove burner. Let the liquid come to a full boil.
Put the 4 gravy mixes and cornstarch into a small bowl, add 1/2 cup of water. Stir together well (don't want lumps). Slowly pour every bit of this into the boiling liquid in roast pan. Stir constantly until gravy is done. Turn heat off. Add the veggies you removed back into the pan.
If at any point you think you need to add more liquid to the gravy go ahead and do it.
5*** Half of my family likes peas and the other half doesn't.... so I put some of the stew in a separate pan (for those who don't like peas). At this point I add 2- 3 cans of peas or 1-2 bags of Frozen peas... (BECAUSE I LIKE PEAS!!!).