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Beef Stew

What could be more inviting than a big comforting bowl of Beef Stew?!

The Best Beef Stew You'll Ever Have! | Hall Nesting

You asked for it and it’s finally here. Well technically you asked for it last month but our family has been fighting off the dreaded bug for 2 weeks so things have not been going our way for awhile. But things are now on the up and up (fingers crossed).

Like hello it’s December and Christmas is only 2 weeks away. Speaking of Christmas have you done all your decorating and shopping? I am sure you have. We just put up our tree…I know I know – remember that stomach bug problem?! But thank goodness for Amazon Prime and being able to shop online because let’s be honest I am not even going to attempt long shopping lines with a 18 month and 2 1/2 month old!

No better way to warm up this fall than with this Beef Stew. It's full of tender meat, carrots, peas and potatoes.

Is your family still on overload from all the turkey and ham from Thanksgiving? I know we are but like most meals still are craving some hearty meat (remember married to a hunter).

In October and November I had been on a mission to develop the perfect Beef Stew recipe after trying so many that were just lackluster. And as you know I have this perfectionist problem when it comes to recipes. Not only do I want to make sure all the ingredients work well together and the steps flow but until it’s just right we might eat the dish a few too many times in one month like we did with this Beef Stew and recently a Mexican Mac & Cheese.

When you look at the recipe you might think that there are a few too many steps. And while that is partially true – you are browning the meat, sauteing the vegetables, deglazing the pan with wine, and then finally cooking all the components together. But I believe they are all necessary steps to reach that flavor you desire in a Beef Stew.

Beef Stew - so hearty and delicious!

And if you need a little more persuasion John Grayson – my fruit loving toddler even ate the veggies from the dish – peas and all!

The Best Beef Stew You'll Ever Have! | Hall Nesting
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Beef Stew

Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4-5 boneless beef chuck cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more if needed
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 30-40 baby carrots cut in half
  • 1 cup red wine*
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2 large russet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Cornstarch**

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine your cubed meat and flour in a large bowl until well coated.
  • Melt butter in large Dutch oven over medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil.
  • In batches cook the meat until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add more oil if needed.
  • Remove the meat to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining oil, followed by the carrots and onion. Saute for 4 minutes.
  • Add wine to pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to simmer and liquid is reduced by half (about 10 minutes).
  • Add tomato paste and the remaining 7 ingredients. Cover the pot and bake for 2 hours in preheated oven.
  • Remove bay leaves when ready to serve.

Notes

*Use a good quality red wine - I suggest Pinot Noir. Remember always cook with a wine that would drink.
**If after cooking your stew you desire a more thicker consistency I suggest adding a mixture of 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water

 

Bonnie

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

This is the best beef stew recipe we have found! A great comfort food and perfect for feeding friends and family. This will go in our stack of favorite recipes.

Lauren Hall

Friday 29th of January 2016

So glad you enjoyed it!!

Cate | Chez CateyLou

Thursday 17th of December 2015

I love a good beef stew in the cold winter months, and this one looks just perfect! I can taste the comfort now!

Lauren Hall

Thursday 17th of December 2015

Thank you Cate! Now if it would only get colder than 60 degrees here lol.

Lauren @ Healthy Delicious

Sunday 13th of December 2015

Nice job on these photos - that's one gorgeous beef stew!

Lauren Hall

Sunday 13th of December 2015

Thank you Lauren

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Friday 11th of December 2015

Beef Stew is perfect for this time of year!

Lauren Hall

Sunday 13th of December 2015

I agree - now if we could only get the weather in Alabama to agree

Lori @ RecipeGirl

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Awww, this looks so warm and comforting!

Lauren Hall

Sunday 13th of December 2015

Thanks Lori!

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