Traditional Braised Beef Stew
What could be more satisfying than a big bowl of hearty stew? One Traditional Braised Beef Stew recipe makes a big batch so there is plenty for company or you can tuck some in the freezer for later.
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- 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive or vegetable oil
- 2 lb (1 kg) stewing beef cubes
- ¼ cup (50 ml) all-purpose flour
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large onion, cut lengthwise into eighths
- 1 cup (250 ml) beef stock
- 28 oz (796 ml) can diced plum tomatoes
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) each worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) dried thyme (or 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme)
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ tsp (2 ml) each salt and pepper
- 2 carrots, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks
- ½ lb (250 g) scrubbed mini potatoes, quartered
- just a pinch ;-) chopped fresh parsley
Set beef aside; sprinkle with flour.
cook 3 to 4 minutes until just softened, adding more oil if necessary. Stir in broth, scraping up browned bits from the bottom.
Add reserved beef, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
Bring to a simmer.
until beef is fork tender.
Add vegetables; cook 30 to 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Remove and discard bay leaf.
Garnish each serving with some chopped parsley.
After Step 2, transfer mixture with carrots and potatoes to 24-cup (6 L) slow-cooker. Cook, covered, on LOW for 8 hours.
Add 8 oz (250 g) button mushrooms when cooking garlic and onions. Substitute dry red wine for stock. Use thyme (as above) or substitute herbes de Provençe for thyme. Instead of potatoes and carrots, use 2 cups (500 mL) cut green beans and 1/2 cup (125 mL) black olives (pitted and halved).