Comforting Beef Stew


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It is FINALLY fall here in California! I am loving the crispness in the air, and being able to have the windows open all day.  It might be a little too cold to have the windows open all the time…but I’m seven months pregnant so it feels wonderful!  My poor husband came into the cold house the other day and couldn’t believe that I wasn’t cold.  I decided to warm him up with a bowl of this beef stew, and he forgot all about being cold.  This stew is pure comfort food.  It takes a little while to simmer on the stove, but most of the work is hands off.  Simply brown the meat, add the rest of the ingredients, and let it do its thing.  Love meals like that.  So if you’re looking to cozy up with some comfort food that takes minimal effort (and who isn’t?), this is the dish for you!

STEP ONE: Brown the Meat

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Heat oil over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, or until shimmering.  Add stew meat, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until browned and a fond develops on the bottom of the pan.  See all that coloring on the bottom of the pan? That is what you want.  It helps develop the flavor of the stew.

STEP TWO: Add Everything Else to the Pan

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Remove the beef and set aside.  Add butter to the pot and scrape up the little bits on the bottom of the pan.  Once butter is melted, add flour and cook about 30 seconds.  You will now have a thick paste.  Slowly whisk in milk. Whisk constantly to make sure there are no lumps of flour.  Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, worcestershire, bouillon, potatoes, carrots, and water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened.  Remove onion. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in beef broth or milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

STEP THREE: Enjoy a Delicious Bowl of Stew!

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Comforting Beef Stew

3 hours

Comforting Beef Stew

Delicious and comforting beef stew, that's a cinch to make and is perfect for a crisp fall day...or any day for that matter.

Ingredients

  1. 1 lb stew meat
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  6. 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 2 tablespoons flour
  8. 1 cup whole milk
  9. 1/2 onion, peeled but not chopped or diced. Leave it whole.
  10. 2 garlic cloves
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  13. 2 large beef bouillon cubes
  14. 2-3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  15. 1 large carrot peeled and sliced into large coins
  16. 2 cups water

Instructions

    STEP ONE
  • Heat oil over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, or until shimmering. Add stew meat, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until browned and a fond develops on the bottom of the pan.
  • STEP TWO
  • Remove the beef and set aside. Add butter to the pot and scrape up the little bits on the bottom of the pan. Once butter is melted, add flour and cook about 30 seconds. You will now have a thick paste. Slowly whisk in milk. Whisk constantly to make sure there are no lumps of flour. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, Worcestershire, bouillon, potatoes, carrots, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened. Remove onion. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in beef broth or milk until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • STEP THREE
  • Enjoy a large bowl of comforting beef stew!
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