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Beef Stew A Bowl Of Comfort

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Hearty, warming, filling,  a meal in a bowl, thats beef stew.Honestly, I don’t eat that much meat, but every now and then I want it and look forward to the cooler weather so I can make this wonderful dish. I don’t use a recipe, you don’t really need to it’s one of those wonderful meals that you can just add ingredients, you be the judge how much or how little, taste, add more of this and that add a variety of vegetables you can get creative. I will give you the basics for my beef stew, there are a million and one recipes out there so here is one more to add to the list.

I like using a good red wine in my stew and always use a wine that is good enough to drink, not that cooking wine you see in the supermarket,  but you can omit and use just stock and/or water, good cubed beef, vegetables, let it braise until the meat is so tender it literally melts in your mouth. I don’t add potatoes to my stew, instead I spoon over creamy mashed potatoes, I like yukon gold that I put through a food mill so there are no lumps, add sour cream, butter, salt and pepper.

Beef Stew

Serves 4-6 depending on serving size

2 lbs good cubed beef (I like chuck)

2 tbs flour

2 tbs tomato paste

1 onion finely diced

2 cloves garlic (smash and add whole)

Red wine (half bottle approximately)

water or stock (about 3 1/2 cups) just enough to cover the meat

Carrots I like to use the small baby carrots for this and add them whole (you judge how much)

peas – frozen are fine

Bay leaf, thyme (optional)

Peas- I never measure but I think about 1 cup frozen peas or fresh if you have.

salt and pepper

Heat some olive oil in a dutch oven, add the onion and sweat them, cook just until it gets soft, add garlic and cook for a short time just so it is warmed. Sprinkle the beef with the flour and toss to coat. Add to the pot with the onions and garlic and brown the meat, now add the tomato paste and carrots, stir to combine and cook for approximately 2 minutes just so the tomato paste starts to caramelize. Now add the wine and water or stock. You can season with salt and pepper, cover with lid slightly ajar and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer stirring occasional for about 2-3-4 hours, check frequently stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and also to make sure the liquid hasn’t reduced to much, adjust if it has. About 15 before you are ready to serve add the peas. The liquid will have reduced significantly and will be thick and rich but if it is not thick enough for your taste, make a slurry using flour and water and pour into the stew, give a stir and cook a few more minutes. Serve alone or with potatoes, egg noodles or warm crusty bread and butter and a glass of your favorite red wine. NOTE: I used Fritz a Cabernet Sauvignon 2010,  from Dry Creek Valley in California, this is a deliciously rich wine, that I thought would go well with a hearty beef stew. I drank the rest of the wine with dinner, a really nice pairing.

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  1. Hi Suzanne, How are you doing? Back in the saddle-Aw Kitchen cooking!!! Sounds like a winner! Nah, you did not drink that whole bottle of Wine?! Your Fl. Bud. Cheryl

    November 3, 2014
    • LOL, Cheryl!! No I didn’t drink it all. Had a glass with my meal but a little more than half the bottle went into the stew. It’s a really nice wine though, I liked it a lot. Thanks so much. Is it getting cooler in Florida?

      November 3, 2014
      • Hi Suzanne, actually in was an unusual chill the last 2 evenings. Seems the entire Eastern Seaboard has had some cold weather? Including us! It jumped back again this morning the sun is shining and it is about 70 degrees already….Cheryl

        November 3, 2014
      • It was cold over the weekend but we will be warm this week. Got to watch those delicious oranges and other citrus in Florida, protect them from frostbite. Brrrrrr…. Have a great day Cheryl.

        November 3, 2014
  2. That looks like the perfect dinner for today. It is pouring down here in Epsom. Very miserable! Emma.

    November 3, 2014
    • Yes, we were cold rainy and blustery over the weekend. It was the perfect meal. Thanks so much.

      November 3, 2014
      • SurreyKitchen has a new Facebook page if you would like to check it out. Emma xx

        November 3, 2014
      • I will, thank you. I also am in the process of building a facebook page for apuginthekitchen.

        November 3, 2014
      • It can be a frustrating process as I have just found out. Emma xx

        November 4, 2014
  3. Looks very delicious, Suzanne! I love a good stew during the cold winter months. I like that you use wine for cooking that you would also drink – I do the same! I don’t get why so many people use very poor wine for cooking..

    November 3, 2014
    • I also don’t get using poor quality wine to cook with, doesn’t make sense. The wine was great with the stew. Thanks Julian.

      November 3, 2014
  4. Right now I’m all about stews, warmth and comfort food. As I’m sure you’ve felt it, the last few days are starting to get chilly so this stew here would be the perfect meal!

    November 3, 2014
    • Yes, there is a real chill in the air and this weekend was downright cold. Stews and soups are definitely in order right now. Thanks so much Pamela!!

      November 3, 2014
  5. Gasp! Stew over mashed potatoes? Sounds like heaven. Hugs

    November 3, 2014
    • It’s pretty heavenly alright. Not a low cal meal but filling and warm. Thanks so much Teagan.

      November 3, 2014
  6. Appealing recipe Suzanne! I really think it would not be a choice for me to omit the red wine, love how rich and thick that stew looks!

    November 3, 2014
    • I agree, I would never omit the wine but some have reasons why they would not have it in the stew so the option is there. The wine makes it even more rich and delicious. Thanks so much Viviana!

      November 3, 2014
  7. Ahhhh I can smell this through my computer screen…Yummy Suzanne!!!! 🙂

    November 3, 2014
  8. The kids would love this when they come up to see us for skiing this winter! It looks so full of flavor!

    November 3, 2014
    • It really is. It’s an indulgence for me. Very hearty fare. Thanks Susan.

      November 3, 2014
  9. Hi Suzanne, I agree with you, the number of recipes for beef stew out there is endless! Everyone has their own favorite stew and yours look delicious! Love the idea of serving them with mashed potatoes, will try it the next time!

    November 3, 2014
    • There certainly are, I was a little embarrassed posting this but thought what the hay, why not post it. It’s simple and delicious and thats what counts. Thanks Jasline.

      November 3, 2014
  10. I think I finally caught up on your posts, Suzanne…sorry for crowding your inbox today. 😉
    This stew looks so warming and delicious! The broth looks rich and yummy and I love that you served it over potatoes!

    November 3, 2014
    • You are not crowding, I am so thankful you read my posts. Thank you so much. It’s so nice over creamy mashed potatoes!!

      November 3, 2014
  11. I made beef stew yesterday, too! I used Guinness beer in mine, though. Great fall food!!

    November 3, 2014
    • I love beef stew made with guinness, it’s so rich and delicious, If I had it I probably would have opted for that rather than the wine but that Fritz was perfect in and with the stew. Thank you.

      November 3, 2014
  12. How delicious! Perfect comfort food, especially with the cold weather we are having! We do stew over rice more than we do mash potatoes but it’s great either way. 🙂 stay warm Suzanne!

    November 3, 2014
    • I never thought of rice but I love that. I am actually more of a rice fan than potatoes. Thanks Michael.

      November 3, 2014
  13. Agree, perfect stew weather! Delicious recipe, Suzanne, and I like to use chuck in my stew recipes, too! 🙂 (ps – no problem posting comment, fyi)

    November 3, 2014
    • Yes Chuck is the best perfect ratio of fat to muscle and more flavor than other cuts. Yay, so glad you could post. Thank you.

      November 3, 2014
  14. Like you I don’t eat a lot of red meat but I agree it hard to beat a beef stew on cold days when something warming, filling and comforting is required. The weather here has just turned chilly after an unseasonably mild October, so time I think for me to cook up some stews. 😉

    November 3, 2014
    • We’ve had some pretty cool weather here. I love it when it’s crisp not cold. Good jacket and sweater weather. Thanks so much.

      November 3, 2014
  15. Makes my mouth water. Also had beef stew last night and I always look forward to it when the weather gets colder. This stuff is delicious!

    November 3, 2014
    • Yesterday was cold and perfect beef stew weather. It’s the best right? Thank you so much.

      November 3, 2014
  16. Sounds flavoursome- would borrow this for my veg stew… 🙂 😉

    November 3, 2014
    • I know you would put together a fantastically tasty vegetable stew. Thanks so much Chitra.

      November 3, 2014
  17. That looks sooooooo good! You’re making me hungry 🙂

    November 3, 2014
  18. What a great dish, Suzanne! To me there is no good stew without wine. And you are right about using a good wine! That’s the first thing that an Italian chef taught me about cooking … always use good wine!

    November 3, 2014
    • You’re absolutely right, it’s not a stew without wine and I really like drinking the same wine I use to make the dish. Thanks Francesca.

      November 3, 2014
  19. It looks just scrumptious! I haven’t gotten up to making stew yet this year (we don’t eat a lot of red meat, either) but now I’ve found motivation! I love the mashed potatoes idea! Sometimes I do a baked potato, too, open it up and spoon the stew over, but that gets a little messy!

    November 3, 2014
    • Oh wow, love the idea of a baked potato too. I so rarely eat red meat but I do enjoy it. Beef stew is one of those meals that I love to make in the cooler weather the other is beef short ribs. Thank you so much.

      November 3, 2014
      • I LOVE Short Ribs – my gosh are they expensive (and skimpy) here! I wanted to pick some up for a soup I was going to make – $12.95 a pound and the most pitiful things I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to see your short ribs – I’ll live vicariously through you, while I hope for a better price!

        November 3, 2014
      • I get them for $8.99 a lb and they are big and meaty. They are so rich and delicious. Now I want short ribs.

        November 3, 2014
  20. I love that you’ve scooped this classic beef stew over creamy mashed potatoes, rather than adding the potato in chunks! Sounds like the best kind of comfort food going into the cooler months!

    November 3, 2014
    • It is really delicious. I never liked the potatoes in the stew for some reason, always picked them out. But over creamy mashed, I love that. Thanks so much Margot,

      November 3, 2014
  21. Hi Suzanne, this stew looks and sounds delicious, love the depth of flavor the wine will add.

    November 3, 2014
  22. Hi Suzanne, It is almost a month since your loss of Izzy. I hope you are in a better state of mind. I have caught up with your posts during I was gone. Indeed this recipe provided a bowl of comfort. ❤

    November 3, 2014
    • Yes in a few days it will be a month. I have to go on with life and the daily goings on and I am ok but not a day goes by that I am thinking of her and missing her. She was such a part of my life for over 13 years it’s hard. Thank you so much, the stew was great and real comfort food.

      November 3, 2014
  23. I’ve been on the hunt for a good beef stew recipe and it looks like I’ve found it! Thank you!

    November 4, 2014
    • It’s very basic and can be adapted easily and still have great flavor. Thanks so much.

      November 4, 2014
  24. This looks divine. I’ve been totally craving a god beef stew for about a week now, since the weather got a bit chillier. Yours is making my mouth water. I never seem to buy the right cut of beef though – it always seems to stay tough. Someone recommended I try oxtail recently…

    November 4, 2014
    • Oxtail is very good, doesn’t yield a lot of beef but great flavor. I like chuck, it breaks down really nicely becoming so tender. Thanks so much.

      November 4, 2014
  25. I like using red wine too in my stews! I think stews are the ultimate comfort meals and perfect for all family members. I am sure it bursts with flavors!

    November 4, 2014
  26. Liz #

    We totally have the same concept of “beef stew”–yes to the red wine! Spot on for the season 🙂

    November 4, 2014
    • Thanks Liz, yes to red wine with stew especially beef stew. It’s like a rite of passage, one of the first things I make when the weather starts to get colder and Summer turns into Fall.

      November 4, 2014
  27. Now how did you know my favorite dish was beef stew? This is certainly a bowl of heaven to me. I love this!

    November 4, 2014
    • Thank you, I am a good guesser. It is so rich and hearty, one of my favorites also.

      November 4, 2014
  28. Deliciously Warm & comforting… what more can you ask for a meal!

    November 4, 2014
  29. Your beef stew look so rich and flavorful! Love that you serve it over mashed potatoes. That sounds amazing!

    November 4, 2014
  30. Fig & Quince #

    I love this kind of comfort food. That’s what I love to eat myself and yours looks mighty appetizing. Plus it’ll give me a buzz! ha ha. (The alcohol evaporates, right? So much’s the pity.)
    Next time try it with some french fries on top! 😉

    November 5, 2014
    • Ha, yes 99% approximately of the alcohol evaporates. No buzz my dear unless that errant 1% does the job. Thank you and wow, love the idea of french fries with it. Kind of like gheymeh (sp?)

      November 5, 2014
      • Fig & Quince #

        yes, gheymeh, exactly! 🙂 and ha ha re the buzz that’s what I though oh well

        November 5, 2014
  31. May I bring some polenta??? I cannot imagine anything better than a couple of spoons of polenta with this amazing beef stew! This is guaranteed comfort food!

    November 8, 2014
    • Please do, I love polenta and it would be amazing with this stew. Thank you.

      November 8, 2014
  32. I’m with you – I love this kind of meal when the weather starts getting colder. It’s preparing us for what is ahead. This looks so rich and tasty. I too don’t eat much red meat but sometimes I get a craving and this looks like an amazing dish to satisfy that craving with. Thanks for posting!

    November 10, 2014
    • Me too, don’t eat meat red or otherwise terribly often but like you I crave it sometimes and love slow braised meat, beef in particular. Thank you so much.

      November 10, 2014
  33. This is such a warm comforting meal and a great looking dish!

    November 12, 2014

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