Gracie's Beef Stew
"This was my Mom's Beef Stew recipe. We think we improved it."Serves 6 - 8 | Prep Time 25 mins | Cook Time 1.5 hours
Why I Love This Recipe
I love beef stew. My mom made it about once every 2 weeks as I was growing up. By the time I wanted to try my hand at making it, I saw some things in her recipe that I thought was lacking and after trying several variations, we came up with this one. I hope you like it.
Ingredients You'll Need
2 pounds beef stew meat
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup of red wine
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
2 -3 cloves garlic chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
1 can diced tomatos
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 + 1/2 pounds new red potatoes
1 Large or 2 Medium white onions
1/2 pound of cut green beans
1/4 cup cold water
3 -4 carrots sliced (depending on size)
4 celery ribs sliced
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Start this by heating your butter and olive oil over medium high heat., in your stove top friendly Dutch oven with a lid. As that's coming up to temp, mix your salt and pepper with your flour, and dust your stew meat with the mix.
Toss the meat in the pan, and stir it around, trying your best to get all sides browned. It's hard because it's already cut into chunks, but try and get it all.
When it's browned, toss in your chopped garlic. Stir to keep from sticking or burning. About a minute.
Drop in your tomato paste, and a again stir promptly for another minute.
put in your red wine and scrape to deglaze
Lower the heat to low.
Now it's time to literally dump all the ingredients in. The beef broth, the veggies, the spices. The only thing that doesn't go in now is the cornstarch
Stir all that up really good, and put the lid on it. We're going to let that simmer for an hour and a half.
At the end of the cook, we want to mix the corn starch in the cold water, and mix it really well to eliminate lumps
Slowly pour that into the pot, stirring constantly. The Cornstarch will thicken it.
Now it's time to taste it. Does it need salt? It probably will. Does it need more pepper? grind some up. Is it missing something and you can't put your finger on it? Put in a teaspoon of onion powder and see if that sets it off.
Pairs Well With
This is cold weather comfort food at it's best. A crusty bread with butter is the perfect compliment