As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, the need for a comforting and satisfying beef stew is greater than ever. I’m Lily Morgan, your guide to the tastiest beef stew recipe that is sure to warm your heart and soul.
Let’s get started!
Nothing says comfort food quite like a beef stew, and this recipe is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Here’s what you’ll need:
– 2 lbs boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
– 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– ½ teaspoon dried thyme
– 2 bay leaves
– 2 cups beef broth
– 1 cup dry red wine
– 2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
– 2 cups carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
– 1 cup frozen peas
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. In a large bowl, season beef cubes with salt and pepper. Add flour and toss to coat.
3. Heat oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef cubes and cook until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
4. Add onion, garlic, oregano, thyme, and bay leaves to the same skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add beef broth and red wine and bring to a boil.
5. Return beef to the skillet. Add potatoes and carrots. Cover and bake in preheated oven until beef and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour.
6. Stir in peas, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm.
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Tips and Variations
This beef stew is so versatile and can be easily adapted to suit your tastes. Here are some tips and variations to make your stew even more delicious:
– For a heartier stew, add 1 or 2 cups of cubed sweet potatoes.
– For a smoky flavor, add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
– For a richer flavor, substitute beef broth with red wine.
– For extra heat, add some red pepper flakes.
– To make a vegetarian version, substitute the beef with mushrooms or a plant-based beef alternative.
– To make a creamy version, add 1 cup of heavy cream.
This beef stew recipe is sure to become a family favorite! It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and sure to hit the spot. Serve it with a side of crusty bread or mashed potatoes and enjoy! As the great Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” So, let’s raise a spoonful of stew to all of the best people out there!