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beef stew

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Lori-Jo Wahl
Providence, RI

Beef stew was a ritual in my house. My dad always told me to cut the stew meat in small pieces & coat them with the flour before cooking it. The flour helps seal in the juices as well as thickening the stew. I always double this recipe -- can also be frozen. One of my favorite & my children & grandchildren love it too.

(1 rating)
yield 4 -6 serving
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min

Ingredients For beef stew

  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 lb
    extra lean stew beef; cut into small cubes
  • cooking spray
  • 1 c
    dry red wine
  • 1 c
    each: small pearl onions, sliced carrots & peeled cubed pototoes
  • 2 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 14 1/2 oz. can
    beef broth
  • 1 1/2 c
    fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 c
    frozen little green peas
  • 2 Tbsp
    corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp

How To Make beef stew

  • 1
    In medium bowl combine flour & 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add beef & toss to thoroughly coat with seasoned flour.
  • 2
    Coat large sauce pan with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Add half the meat. Cook stirring constantly; 5 minutes or until meat is brown. Remove browned meat & set aside. Coat same pan with more cooking spray. Brown remaining meat & leave it in pan.
  • 3
    To pan, add a little of the wine. Stir with wooden spoon to loosen brown bits stuck to bottom. Then add the remaining meat to pan. Add onions (with a little of the juice), carrots, potatoes, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, remaining wine & beef broth.
  • 4
    Partially cover. Bring to boil over medium heat. Simmer gentle over low heat about 50 minutes or until meat is tender when pierced with fork.
  • 5
    Add mushrooms; simmer for 5 minutes. Add peas; simmer 5 more minutes.
  • 6
    ***** If you want thicker gravy, spoon out a little of the broth into small bowl. Add corn starch & stir to dissolve. Add corn starch mixture to stew. Stir over medium heat until gravy thickens. Add salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper. Remove & discard bay leaf.
  • 7
    Enjoy this stew with any of your bread or biscuit choices.