Hearty Comfort Food That Will 'Melt in Your Mouth'- A Beef Stew Recipe

The final product! Enjoy
The final product! Enjoy | Source

Below is your typical beef stew recipe, it is one of the first complicated recipes I learned to make on my own and a great meal for the first cold day of fall, to snow days and dark days of winter! As I tweaked the recipe on my own I discovered that my beef stew is actually pretty good! The meat ends up so tender, that it almost falls apart on your spoon, it basically melts in your mouth! So below is my second attempt at a Hubpages recipe with tons of pictures! Hope you enjoy!


Try cutting the stew meat into smaller pieces
Try cutting the stew meat into smaller pieces | Source

Cook Time and Ingredients


Total Cook Time: 2 ½ hours

Prep time: 45 minutes split 30/15

Serves 6-8 people


Ingredients:

About a 1lb of stew meat

Vegetable oil

Flour

Baby carrots

Potatoes (any kind you like)

Celery

i jar of Aunt Nellie's Whole Holland-style onions

1 package of IGA Brown Gravy Mix

Salt and pepper


stew meat covered in a little flour browning in vegetable oil.
stew meat covered in a little flour browning in vegetable oil. | Source
after the meat is browned add just enough water to cover the meat and bring to a boil.
after the meat is browned add just enough water to cover the meat and bring to a boil. | Source

Prep/Part 1

-Defrost stew meat if frozen, otherwise bring to room temperature. I find that most pre-package stew meat pieces are a little big so I usually cut them in half.

-Next cover the bottom of a pot (large enough for the whole stew) with a thin layer of vegetable oil, turn your stove to medium heat.

-Take the chopped stew meat and lightly roll in flour (this will make the stew a little thicker in the end!)

-Once the meat is lightly covered in flour, place into hot pot with oil (BE CAREFUL OIL COULD SPLASH AND BURN)

-Once all the meat is in the pot use a long spoon or fork to evenly brown all sides, this may take a few minutes and don’t worry if it looks messy!

-Once the meat is sufficiently browned pour water into the pot, but just enough to cover over the meat!

-I suggest stirring the meat in the water to detach any meat stuck to the bottom of the pot.

-Add some salt and pepper

-Wait for water to boil

-Once water is boiling put lid over pot and lower the stove to a low heat, let meat simmer in pot for an hour.



cut the baby carrots into small pieces
cut the baby carrots into small pieces | Source
cut the celery into small pieces as well.
cut the celery into small pieces as well. | Source
Cut potatoes in to chunks the size of the stew meat (in this case i cut the small red potatoes into 1/4's)
Cut potatoes in to chunks the size of the stew meat (in this case i cut the small red potatoes into 1/4's) | Source
Add all the ingredients: carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions into pot, add water and let simmer for an 30-45 mins or till potatoes are soft
Add all the ingredients: carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions into pot, add water and let simmer for an 30-45 mins or till potatoes are soft | Source

Prep/Part 2


-About 45 minutes after leaving the pot to simmer begin to chop up your potatoes, I’m using red potatoes for the first time in the pictures to the right. But type of potato will do just chop them into equal size parts. (I usually make them slightly smaller than the meat)

-Next take a few stalks of celery, wash them and then cut them into small pieces horizontally (cut up as much as you like, I usually chop up to 2 cups, which is like 3 large celery stalks.

-Next take your carrots, I usually use the baby carrots that come in the bag, however you could use fresh carrots as well! Chop them into half inch sections. Again about 2 cups should do but eyeball it!

-The whole onions come in a jar, I use Aunt Nellie’s whole Holland-style onions but I’m sure you could cut up a sweet onion or red onion for the stew as well.

-Once your ingredients are all chopped and ready check on the meat.

-If it’s been an hour since you put the lid on the pot, the meat should be cooked pretty well by now.

-Add all your ingredients to the pot: Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, and Onions.

-Now add water, depending on how thick you want your stew you will add more or less water but remember you still need enough water to cook the potatoes!

-Once you fill the pot with water, stir all the ingredients and place the top back on, to insure the potatoes will be cooked, turn the heat up slightly on the stove but be careful not to boil the water because it will overflow!

-Let pot sit for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are soft (a fork sticks through them easily)

-Now it’s time to mix in the gravy. I use IGA’s Brown Gravy Mix, which you pour into the stew and slowly stir (Be careful that it doesn’t’ clump!)

-Once your gravy is mixed in your stew is ready to serve! Might I suggest serving it with some nice Italian bread?


You’ll notice that since you kept the meat cooking so long, it will almost melt in your mouth when you eat it! Hope you enjoy!



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Sturgeonl 4 years ago

Sounds and looks really good. I am going to try making it in the crock pot. Cheers!


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Bill Yovino 4 years ago

This might sound strange, but try adding a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. It adds some depth to the gravy.


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Wow! Yummy! Definitely will try it because beef stew is one of my husband's favorite dishes. Thanks for sharing! :)


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks for the comment Sturgeonl, it should turn out great in a crock pot! enjoy!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

that does sound a little strange bill but it's worth trying and it's probably better then adding extra flour to thicken it up! thanks for the comment and suggestion!


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thanks for the comment Kittyjj i hope you and your husband enjoy it!


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Bill Yovino 4 years ago

A good way to thicken it up is to simmer it for an extra 20 minutes with the lid off. That also concentrates the flavor.


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klash5 4 years ago

It's getting close to supper time and this looks yummy. Great hub

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