Friday, August 10, 2012

Classic Beef Stew

From the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
I made this one night this summer when it seemed like the rain would N*E*V*E*R stop! The Mr told me that this tasted "classic", so here I will share with you a "classic" and savory beef stew that is perfect for those rainy days as well as those chilly fall and winter days that us Texans are dreaming about.
Heat 3 tbs of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), and brown 2.5 lbs beef stew meat in a large pot.  Remove the meat from the pot but do not drain the meat from the pot.  You will want to use the grease.
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Dice 1 medium onion and add to the same pot for 3-5 minutes.  Add in 3 garlic cloves and allow to cook for 30 seconds (remember to stir this well because garlic easily burns). 
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Pour in 1 bottle of beer.  The Mr makes his own so you can’t use the one I used, but you can either purchase an amber beer or a dark brown beer.  I have also used St. Arnold's Christmas and it's delicious!
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Add in 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce, 2 heaping tbs tomato paste, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1.5 tsp sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper (and 1/4 tsp thyme- optional).  Return the beef to the pot and let this simmer on low for 2 hours.
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Dice 2 large potatoes (leaving the skin on ), and half 2 handfuls of baby carrots (really scientific measurement huh?). Add these to the pot and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
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Take 1 cup of the simmering broth and whisk in 3 tbs of all-purpose flour, before returning it back to the pot and stirring.  This will thicken the broth to a stew-like consistency.
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Before serving sprinkle on some parsley and warm up some asiago bread
DSC_0336Classic Beef StewMy hubby loved this stew.  Please let me know if you try this recipe and what suggestions you have for improvements!!
Have a great weekend friends
xoxo Darby

8 comments :

Crystal said...

Mmmm... I love beef stew and this looks (& sounds!) amazing! Can't wait to try it! I might just make it this weekend! :)

Susan Fleming said...

looks yummy

Danie said...

I've never been a stew lover, but this may change! Looks delish!

Joy said...

I love homemade beef stew! I make it at least one a week in the winter. But, I make mine in the pressure cooker. Those photos look good enough to eat!!

Simply Kelly Blog said...

just pinned this so I don't forget to add to my recipe book. Looks yummy- can't wait to try out.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

That's looks delicious!

Claiming Our Space said...

I can't wait for the weather to get cool so we can start making stews. I just can't eat them in the summer. :-) Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

A Walk in the Countryside said...

Looks really good! I'm gonna give it a try!

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