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Movie Master's Beef and Parsnip Stew Recipe

Updated on January 9, 2013
Freshly dug vegetables
Freshly dug vegetables | Source

Beef Stew with Parsnips

I published a hub a couple of days ago called Movie Master's Prize Parsnip and was amazed and delighted with all the wonderful comments from my fellow hubbers.

Phyllis Doyle writer20 teaches12345 and anginwu suggested I write a recipe hub for stew and parsnips for them to try, so here goes - I have never written a recipe hub before, so this is a first!

Beef Stew with Parsnips - Ingredients

Plenty for 4 people

1lb Braising Steak

1 medium size parsnip

1 large onion

1 leek

2 carrots

1 stick of celery

1 large mushroom

2 beef stock cubes

2 teaspoons tomato puree

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons flour

1 pint cold water

2 tablespoons cooking oil



Freshly dug vegetables

I used vegetables out of my garden, the smell of freshly dug vegetables is fabulous!

I grow my vegetables from seed and used 'white gem' parsnip seed and 'chantenay red cored 2' carrot seed, these carrots are ideal for casseroles and stews.

I am not sure of the variety of leek, my neighbour gave me some young plants. I got a great deal, they were a swop for 2 tomato, 2 pepper plants and some basil!

Stew is such a nice easy meal to cook, yes there is some preparation to do but once it's in the pot it looks after it's self and it is only one pot - less washing up!



Peeled parsnip
Peeled parsnip | Source
Prepared vegetables
Prepared vegetables | Source

Method

Prepare the vegetables

Chop the onion, carrots, stick of celery and mushroom to the size you prefer, I like my vegetables nice and chunky in my stew.

Peel the parsnip, if this is your first parsnip experience, you will find it quite an awkward vegetable to hold and it has a tendency to slip out of your hands!

Cut the parsnip into chunks, I find it's best to cut large thick slices and then cut them into four small chunks.

Diced Braising Steak
Diced Braising Steak | Source

Prepare the meat

Cut the meat into chunks removing any excess fat and cover in flour to coat completely.

All the ingredients added to the pan
All the ingredients added to the pan | Source

Heat the oil in a large saucepan on the hob, add the onions and cook on a high heat for 2 minutes.

Add the meat to the pan and brown, stirring continuously for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the water, tomato puree, vegetables, crumble the 2 stock cubes into the pan and add seasoning to taste.

Stir occasionally and bring to the boil.

Cover with a lid and simmer for 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours

Alternatively you can cook in the oven for the same time, on 150 degrees Centigrade 300 degrees Farenheit.

Your beef stew is ready for serving and is delicious with boiled potatoes and any other vegetable you like.

Beef and parsnip stew
Beef and parsnip stew | Source

6 things you may not know about the parsnip


1. Parsnips are considered a winter vegetable, as low soil temperatures help to develop the flavour, they are much tastier after a good hard frost.

2. Parsnips are recognisable by their pale yellow skin, many refer to them as a ‘white carrot’

3. Parsnips provide an excellent source of vitamin C.

4. Parsnips are lower in calories than potatoes and contain more fibre.

5. A parsnip contains about 6 grams of sugar and this gives it a sweet tangy flavour.

6. The parsnip is richer in both vitamins and minerals than the carrot, it is particularly rich in potassium.




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    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Movie Master! Wow, what a fantastic looking recipe and meal. For those of us that don't eat red meat, what do you think about substituting with chicken?

      great photos as well! Voted up, up and away!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Yummy - I love beef casserole and this looks delish. Glad to see you've used your 'prize' parsnip in the recipe.

      I have just bought some seeds to grow my own veg so I will make something with them in the Summer.

      Voted up, loved your own photos as well!

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Nice recipe and great photos. I don't think I've ever eaten parsnips in my life! LOL....But anyway, your amazing recipe has inspired me to give this veggie a try. I'll look for parsnips at my local farmers market this weekend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I am a vegetarian Lesley but your pix are very well clicked :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, I think chicken will work well, especially with some parsnips - just cut the cooking time down.

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, it's always good to see you, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jools, there was so much parsnip to use - it ended up more a parsnip with some beef stew!!

      Enjoy your home grown veggies, perhaps there will be photos in the summer?

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi OP, I hope you will give this wonderful veggie a try - it's delicious! Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, take care Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, it's always good to see you and many thanks for your comments, maybe parsnip soup would be good for you:-)

      Take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This has got to be good, it looks delicious..Thank's Lesley..Smiles

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Lesley, this is so good of you putting the recipe on and great photos. I will print this and give a try. I just remembered we're going to a farmers market. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Can't wait to try this. Thanks again for a great hub.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Lesley that looks so good. Perfect for a chilly evening. I like to garden but admit I haven't grown parsnip or leek.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The stew sounds delicious, Lesley. I like all the vegetables in your recipe, so I'm sure that I'd love them mixed together in a stew. The fresh vegetables in the first photo look lovely!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, yes it's good and tasty, I always find it's even tastier the next day.

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Joyce, I hope you manage to get your parsnips from the farmers market and enjoy your stew, my very best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddy, it's always good to see you and I hope all is well:-)

      Hope you enjoy your stew, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, I seem to have the most success with my root vegetables, leeks are exceptionally good straight out of the garden.

      Many thanks for your comments, have a great day Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, I love growing my own vegetables and get a huge amount of pleasure from digging them up and cooking them!

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      I think you did a wonderful job on your debut recipe hub, Lesley, and I'm hoping you will share many more of your culinary creations with us over time. I'm delighted to have this as I'm currently trying to incorporate more root vegetables into our meal plans.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Good hub. The parsnip is an underutilized vegetable.

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Movie Master, well done! It looks tasty! I have never had parsnip before and I am not into red meat, but it looks so tasty that I need to try it! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us and all the best to you.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      I love parsnips and did not know that they are actually more healthful than carrots per your last sentence: "The parsnip is richer in both vitamins and minerals than the carrot, it is particularly rich in potassium." We don't see them that often in the stores, but will certainly purchase them when I do.

      I loved my big garden when we lived in Wisconsin. Miss that. There is nothing as nice as being able to grow your own food. Nice also that you can swap ingredients with your neighbor.

      Thanks for this delicious stew recipe. There should be a delicious button to push. For lack of that, I vote awesome and useful and will share.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I didn't know that parsnips could be used as a healthy alternative to potatoes. Also didn't know the other nurtitional benefits. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Donna, initially I thought this recipe would be a 'one off' but maybe I will be writing more!

      Thank you for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rjsadowski, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, I was surprised to learn that so many people haven't tried this vegetable!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Dr Ope, it's nice to meet you - thank you for stopping by and your comments. I can recommend parsnip soup, or perhaps try roasted parsnips they are delicious!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, my neighbour and I are always swopping plants, it works really well as you nearly always end up with too many plants out of a packet of seeds - so we both benefit!

      Thank you for your great comments, they are always much appreciated.

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Gail, the parsnip has always been one of my favourite veg, it has a lot going for it! and it is certainly tastier after a couple of good hard frosts - you just have to hope the ground isn't too hard to dig it up!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have bookmarked your recipe for reference and I am off to get a parsnip for the dish. I think I will really like this recipe and it is so full of many other veggies and spices I love. Thanks for the follow-up on this vegetable. You did a great job on writing your first recipe how-to! Voted up.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Yummy, thank you for posting the recipe. Sorry, I'm late--I'm been busy. Thank you for making it easy to visualize with your pictures. I'm sure this is delicious, I'm bookmarking it to try when I get my hands on some parsnips. Thank you and rated up.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello teaches12345, thank you and I hope you enjoy your stew!

      Take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi anginwu, I hope you manage to get some parsnips and enjoy your stew!

      Best wishes my friend and see you soon, Lesley

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Oh how I miss your homemade stews! Especially with all the wonderful veggies from your garden. I am making my slow-cooker version of beef stew today and will publish my hub later. But the parsnips I am using are looking a bit sorry for themselves! I wish I could just pop over and dig up one of your prize beauties! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This stew looks so good. Although I don't grow my own vegetables, I will try your stew recipe with store bought vegetables. Thanks for sharing, and your first recipe hub looks great!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Goodness, this looks delicious! I really want a vegetable garden of my own so I can enjoy things like this with really fresh veggies!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delicious idea for that plentiful parsnip of yours. A pot full of health and goodness! Great photos:)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf, your comments made me laugh!!! I promise I will cook a stew with my parsnips when you come over, and I have got some lovely purple sprouting that will just be ready when you arrive! x

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm another great recipe for me to bookmark;I can't wait to give it a go!!!

      Thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care nad enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, my first recipe hub experience was quite funny - Nick is still talking now about his cold dinner, because I was ages taking photos of it!!

      Thank you for your comments and best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Simone, I hope you get to grow your own veggies, they taste SO good freshly harvested!!

      Many thanks for stopping by, take care and have a great day!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunshine, I think we have at last used up all of that 'prize' parsnip!!!

      Many thanks for your great comments, have a super day, best wishes Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, many thanks for reading and bookmarking my recipe, hope you enjoy it.

      Take care, have a good week and best wishes Lesley

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Lesley. I love parsnip and your recipe so delicious. I love your presentation and the pictures so mouth watering. I can't wait to show this hub to my mom. Thanks for share with us. Do you have some more for me?.....Rated up and Yummy!

      Prasetio

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi prasetio, thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      Yes, there may be more recipe hubs to come!

      My best wishes to you, take care Lesley

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I LOVE Beef Stew, and would now Enjoy it with Parsnip (now that I've been so Educated). The pictures make it look so Delicious...I will try to attempt it for my Lover Man. Thanks for Sharing this Wonderful Recipe Leslie.

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      Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

      Delicious hub! Your kitchen is beautiful too!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b.Malin, so next time you cook stew, don't forget to add the parsnip! I hope you and Lover Man enjoy it:-)

      Best wishes to you both, Lesley

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Truckstop Sally, thank you for stopping by my kitchen - and your great comments, I hope you try the stew, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know I will have to try this, parsnips are so sweet and special tasting and I have never thought to add them to a stew but now the idea is planted I won't stop thinking about it until it is tasted. Thank you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Jackie, I hope you get to try a beef and parsnip stew soon - it's delicious!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Looks great, a nice job done for your first recipe hub. The pictures make a real difference for recipe articles, as you can actually see what is going on.

      Thanks for SHARING another tasty treat.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Brett, It took me twice as long as normal to make this with taking the photos! I have a new respect for all the recipe hubbers!!

      Many thanks for your great comments, best wishes Lesley

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Lesley ~ no way could anyone be able to tell that this was your first recipe hub. You did a wonderful job!!! Very nicely laid out and the photos are great!

      Sharyn

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sharyn, thank you so much - I really appreciate your comments!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      So yummy Beef and Parsnip Stew Recipe.All happiness depends on a leisurely meal like this.Well, thanks you for this delicious hub. =)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello festersporling1, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated!

      Best wishes Lesley

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