Savory Beef Stew

What can I say? Beef stew is the ultimate comfort meal and is even better the next day as leftovers. Personally, I make this meal, about twice a year because it is so rich but it is so worth the wait. You can add different veggies, such as parsnips instead of carrots or potatoes and you can add mushrooms for extra richness if you desire. I truly enjoy adding dumplings to stew. They are light and fluffy pillows of deliciousness. You don’t have to have them but I highly recommend trying them, at least once.

 

Savory Beef Stew

Serves 4-6

  • 2 lbs Beef stew meat
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 Celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (finely diced)
  • 1 cup Baby carrots (chopped)
  • 2 large Yellow or Red potatoes (cubed)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped and divided)
  • S & P to taste
  • 2 tbsp AP flour (beginning)
  • 4 tbsp AP flour plus 8 tbsp water (rue to thicken stew)
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3-4 tbsp Browning seasoning sauce
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Beef boullion cubes
  • 1 cup Red wine (not too sweet)
  • 3 1/2 cups Water
  • *Bisquick mix for dumplings-per instructions on box

 

Heat a deep pot to medium to high heat, add the meat to begin browning all the sides. If any of the meat sticks to the pot, don’t worry! Once the liquid is added, it will lift off and add flavor to the stew. After the meat has browning on all sides, add in the onion, garlic, S & P, onion powder, and garlic powder. Toss all together and then sprinkle in the flour.

Stir and as everything begins to sizzle, turn the heat down to medium. Add the boullion cubes and wine. Let everything in the pot cook down for about 5-8 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, 1 tbsp of parsley, bay leaf, worcestershire sauce, and the browning sauce. Stir to combine. Lower the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Let the stew cook for 2-3 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

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After the stew has cooked down, approximately and hour before dinner time, add the potatoes. This will ensure they aren’t over cooked. After 45 minutes, turn the heat up to medium and add in the rue and butter.  This will thicken the stew if desired. This would be would be when the dumplings would be added to cook. Follow the instructions on the box mix Generally, dumplings will take about a half an hour to cook. (15 minutes uncovered, 15 minutes covered)

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Once the dumplings are cooked, serve in a bowl and add parsley. Enjoy! This stew can be made in the crock pot but dumplings are not recommended if you choose this cooking method

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