Allrecipes Cook to Follow: Jessica Lawson

Allrecipes Cook to Follow Jessica Lawson

Background and History

Hearty beef stew is a classic comfort food with roots in many culinary traditions around the world. Originating as a peasant dish, it was an economical way to use tough cuts of meat by slow cooking them with vegetables and aromatic herbs and spices. Over time, variations have emerged, but the essence of a hearty beef stew remains the same: a warm and satisfying meal perfect for chilly days.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional, for thickening)

Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the stew beef cubes and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the sliced carrots, cubed potatoes, sliced celery, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and pepper to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked through.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew, mix 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour with a little water to make a slurry, then stir it into the stew and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes until thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary before serving.

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 30g

Notes

  • Hearty beef stew can be made ahead of time and tastes even better the next day as the flavors meld together.
  • This recipe is versatile; feel free to add other vegetables such as peas, green beans, or mushrooms.
  • Serve the stew with crusty bread or over cooked rice or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

Allergy Warning

  • Contains wheat (all-purpose flour, if used)
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