February 19, 2012

Basic Beef Stew

Its been a while since I've made a beef stew.  Grumpy will mention it every once and a while but because I'm not a too much of a beef stew person, its easy to not think about making it.  However, when I was in the grocery store recently and was looking in the meat section, I saw that stew beef was on sale so I grabbed a package, thinking of Grumpy.

To me beef stew is basically pieces of beef with potatoes, carrots, peas, and onions in a gravy sauce.  Seriously, that is what it is isn't it?  When I told Grumpy I was going to "wing it" and just throw it together how I thought it should be, he became concerned.  I didn't buy what he always used before I came into his life: Stew Starter.  I don't have that kind of stuff in my cupboards.  Not because I wouldn't use it, but because I don't think of using it!  This girl was not brought up on quick and easy mixes so its not in my nature to think of using that stuff.  As it is, it turned out quite flavorful and when Grumpy was done eating he even said "that was really good."  He finished the left overs the next night and proclaimed that it was the best homemade one I've made.  Well, well.  Guess he shouldn't be so concerned about my cooking should he?  You know what they say about the hand that feeds you....
Beef Stew

Printable Recipe

1 lb beef stew meat
1 large clove garlic
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 large carrots, chunked
3 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon gravy master
10 baby potatoes, cut in half
1/2 bag frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup water
2 tablepoons flour

Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Spray lightly with cooking spray.  Add stew beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned, 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Add onion and garlic to the same pan you cooked the beef in and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion becomes soft.  Add stew beef, beef broth, gravy master, potatoes, carrots, thyme and oregano to pan and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to low and gently boil the veggies until they are just tender.  Add frozen peas and simmer just a couple more minutes.  Mix the flour and water together until smooth then stir into gently boiling stew, it should thicken fairly quickly.  I served this with some Naan bread the at I bought and then heated on the griddle just before eating.  You will definitely want to serve this with some bread to sop up all the delicious gravy  :-)


11 comments:

  1. love how the light hits that stew looks salivating great! yummo!

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  2. I'm not a very good stew or soup maker, but I think I can make this stew. Thanks.

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  3. This looks delish! We have beef stew 2 or 3 times a month. We never use a recipe and it always turns out great.

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  4. It has been a while since I made stew as well Shelby. The winter and comfort food is not over yet, even if I was wishing otherwise.

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  5. I love beef stew with a good hearty homemade bread! Yumm! Great for those cool evenings. :)

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  6. love your new blog header, how cute! this beef stew looks wonderful! just the thing for a cold day.

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  7. Hey Shelby! Love your new look! This beef stew looks delish and your photos are beautiful!!!

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  8. The stew looks hearty, healthy, and delicious.

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  9. I'm soo excited to try out this new recipe! I have my great grand children coming over this weekend and I think I'm going to run to the grocery store and get the ingredients to this recipe right now.

    Who doesn't love beef stew? Thanks so much for this recipe.

    Grandma Kat
    XOXOXOXOXO

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  10. I always crave beef stew at this time of year. We are having unusually warm weather here in Northern CA but I believe it's supposed to get very chilly this weekend. This is looking really good for the cold weather coming!

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  11. Man that looks tasty!

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