Food Friday {On Saturday}: Beef Stew

Can we pretend today is Friday? We can? Awesome, thanks! ha :)

So I’ve had these pictures for a while but could never really seem to find the time to actually put them together in a post. I feel like I have been promising and promising to post it, but every time I sit down to start it, something comes up, so I’m so sorry for my lack of follow through. But pretty sure you’ll love it despite the fact it took forever to get to you. :)

A little about this stew: I have made beef stew before, but it consisted of using the beef stew package mix and just following the directions on the back. The package always turned out yummy, but lately I’ve really been trying to avoid any sort of “packaged” food with tons of preservatives. {Any ideas how to do that with THIS recipe??} Also, I’ve been trying to keep our eating out budget to under $50 a month {I know, insane, but a necessary evil to make our budget balance these days} which means cooking more at home. I have been buying all my meat at the beginning of the month at Costco, freezing it and dethawing it when I need it. While shopping the meat aisle at Costco I saw a apx 5 lb flat of beef stew for under $15 and I realized I could do beef stew weekly with it at such a reasonable cost! Whoohoo! And that, of course, prompted a search for a great recipe that didn’t use a package ingredient.

The first place I always look for recipes is The Food Network. Am I the only person who loves The Food Network? Seriously the best resource ever! I’m sure it’s because my favorite cooks are on there {Giada, Ina}, but I’m sure another reason is that they have a lot of options for everything I type in the search bar. ;)

Confession: I always pick the easiest recipe. hehe. If it says it will take hours and hours to make with lots of different ingredients, I usually just skip it over. whoops :) This recipe does take a while to cook, but nearly zero prep.

So I found this recipe by Paula Dean that I REALLY loved. The recipe is HERE.¬†We tried it once and it was amazing…BUT, although the taste was great, it was missing something as the texture and consistency wasn’t like the beef stew I was used to eating. The next time I made the recipe, I switched things up a little and it’s absolutely perfect! Basically all I did was take out the cornstarch, add some flour and potatoes and reduce the amount of meat so it has a bit more broth. Here’s my Paula Dean Remix Beef Stew! :)

1 – 1 1/2 pounds stew beef

All Purpose Flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups water

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 or 2 bay leaves

1 medium onion, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Dash ground allspice or ground cloves

3 large carrots, sliced

3 ribs celery, chopped

2 Red Potatoes

* * * * * * ** *

Start with a bowl full of flour and dredge the beef through until lightly dusted.

And then place in a heavy duty pot filled with the vegetable oil.

Brown the meat over medium heat.

Add the water, onions, garlic and spices and simmer, covered for one hour.

Meanwhile chop up your veggies and potatoes.

Once the hour is up, add them to the pot and simmer, covered for 30 more minutes.

When done, meat should be fall apart soft and veggies cooked through. Serve topped with parsley and crusty french bread.

**Tip: If the stew is too thick, add a little bit of chicken broth while simmering. You can do this the next day as well.

Enjoy everyone, it’s AMAZING!!! And thanks Paula Dean for your recipe base! :)


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2 thoughts on “Food Friday {On Saturday}: Beef Stew

  1. 1
    Stephanie Duncan says:

    Amy, this looks amazing ! Will have to make this soon ! :)

  2. 2
    Marilyn Kok says:

    Sounds just like the recipe I use for my beef stew. I love stew it is economical, healthy and quick fix. Thanks for sharing
    . :-)

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