Beef Stew

It’s finally getting cold enough for stew! This recipe makes a decently large amount, and I’m quite contentedly plowing through it all by myself. While I was getting ready to make this, I asked several friends if browning the beef really does improve the overall flavor (I was feeling lazy and hoping to skip it) and the answers ranged from “yes” to “YES YOU HAVE TO DO IT”, so I did it, and you probably should too!

Stew: Not a glamour food.

Stew: Not a glamour food.

Ingredients:

Beef:

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2+ tablespoons vegetable oil

Stew:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 3 cups small red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Dumplings:

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk

Season the beef with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Dredge in the flour, shaking off excess. You want lightly coated, the goal isn’t deep fried battered beef!

IMG_6549Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat, and cook the beef until browned on all sides. You may need to work in batches to give the beef enough room to touch the pan. Add extra oil as needed for additional batches. Transfer the cooked beef to the crock pot.

IMG_6550Add the salt, pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, potatoes, parsley, and oregano to the crock pot. If you want, you can do this the night before, but in that case I’d recommend putting it all together in a bowl instead of the crock, so that the first hour of cook time isn’t just spent warming the crock back up from refrigerator temperature. Additionally, consider cutting the potatoes in the morning, or ensure they are submerged, as you don’t want them to go gray before they get in the crock!

Cook on low for 9 hours.

IMG_6552 IMG_6553After 9 hours, add the frozen peas and corn. Combine the flour and water, stirring until no lumps remain, then add to the mixture to thicken. Turn the heat to high.

Stir together the Bisquick and milk until no lumps remain. Place in large dollops over the surface of the mixture, then put the lid back on.

IMG_6554Cook 45-50 minutes, until the Bisquick mixture is completely cooked.

IMG_6555I love Bisquick dumplings so much. They’re not even very interesting, but they make stew soooo good! This is a toast/tasty meal!

IMG_6556

Beef Stew

Beef:

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2+ tablespoons vegetable oil

Stew:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 32 ounces beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 3 cups small red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Dumplings:

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk

Season the beef with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Dredge in the flour, shaking off excess.

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat, and cook the beef until browned on all sides. You may need to work in batches to avoid crowding. Add extra oil as needed for additional batches. Transfer the cooked beef to the crock pot.

Add the salt, pepper, onion, garlic, tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, potatoes, parsley, and oregano to the crock pot. Cook on low for 9 hours.

After 9 hours, add the frozen peas and corn. Combine the flour and water, stirring until no lumps remain, then add to the mixture to thicken. Turn the heat to high.

Stir together the Bisquick and milk until no lumps remain. Place in large dollops over the surface of the mixture, then put the lid back on. Cook 45-50 minutes, until the Bisquick mixture is completely cooked.

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My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. I write a food blog and a blog about life, wide open spaces, and museum work. Nice to meet you!
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One Response to Beef Stew

  1. Mary Kate says:

    It does bring out a lot of flavor. Since it made a lot, I’m glad it’s good!

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