easy beef stew

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For me, one of the most satisfying of comfort foods is a slow cooked beef stew. But since my schedule does not always allow time for the slow cook stew, I also use this (relatively) quick and easy recipe.
Servings:
8 dinner / 12 lunch
Preparation Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes
Tools
  • 8 qt. soup pot w/ lid
  • 3 medium bowls
  • cutting board & knife
  • long tongs
  • slotted spoon
  • large bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 T. kosher salt
  • 2 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 t. ea. mustard, paprika, brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. ground cayenne chile

  • 3 carrots, 1/4" slice
  • 2 potatoes, 1/4" slice
  • 1 sweet potato, 1/4" slice

  • 2 onions, 1/2" slice
  • 2 ribs celery, 1/2" slice
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 2 lb. trimmed beef, 1/2" to 3/4" cube
  • 2 T. oil

  • 2 c. beef stock
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • 1 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 c. beef stock
  • 2 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. wine

  • 1 T ea. fresh mint & parsley, chopped
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cooking Instructions
  1. Place soup pot over low heat.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, mustard, paprika, brown sugar, cumin, and cayanne pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Slice the carrots, potatoes, and sweet potato. Set them aside in another bowl.
  4. Slice the onions, celery, and garlic. Set them aside in another bowl.
  5. Slice the meat into cubes trimming off all silver skin, gristle, and excess fat.
  6. Leave the meat on the cutting board. Pour the flour and spice mixture over the meat. Use your hands to turn and coat all of the meat.
  7. Add the oil to the pot and turn the heat up to medium-low. Let the oil heat for a couple of minutes.
  8. Brown the meat in batches. Do not let the pieces of meat touch in the pot. Remove the browned meat the spice bowl.
  9. Add beef stock, bay leaves, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat to medium-high, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the onions, celery, garlic, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and wine. Turn the heat to high. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  11. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove everything but the sauce to the large bowl. Toss gently with fresh herbs.
  13. Turn heat up to medium. Stir well, scraping up anything stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cook sauce for 15 minutes to thicken.
  14. Stir in lemon juice. Check sauce for seasoning, add salt & pepper if needed. Pour sauce into large bowl with other ingredients for serving or storage.
Source:
Grandma
Notes
Serve with some crusty whole wheat sourdough bread and a green salad.
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