Sprinkle the beef cubes lightly with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour.
In a large Dutch oven, sauté for five minutes in olive oil (add a tablespoon of butter for better
browning if you like), then add the sliced onions and continue to cook over medium high heat
until the cubes are browned; add the garlic during the last few minutes of browning, not allowing
them to burn.
If using wine, add the wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot, otherwise simply cover the beef
cubes with water. Add seasonings and celery.
Cover, reduce heat until stew is barely simmering, but just steaming hot. Do not boil. About an
hour before serving, add the sweet potatoes.
When beef is nearly but not quite as tender as you like it, add the carrots and whites potatoes and
continue to cook for another 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the beef broth and ketchup 30 minutes before serving. I like to add this at the end to avoid
an overcooked taste. If you prefer the stock to be thickened, add a few tablespoons of all -purpose
flour or Wonder flour to the beef broth and stir until smooth before adding to the stew.
A few minutes before serving, taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt, pepper, beef bouillon or
soup base, onion and garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, another pinch of thyme, etc. to
perk up the flavor if you think it's needed. Don't overdo the seasonings!
To make Irish Stew, use lamb instead of beef.
For Italian Beef Stew, start the stew with diced 1/8 - inch cubes of lean salt pork or pancetta
sauteed in the olive oil; add oregano, basil, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a few dark greens, and
garbanzo or cannelini beans and some cooked penne pasta. Substitute pasta sauce for the
For Cuban Beef Stew, add kale and black beans, and 1/2 tsp. ground cumin and taco seasoning or
Goya Sazon and cayenne.
Beef Stew may be made in the Crock-Pot, but for the best results, be sure your Crock-Pot doesn't boil; it should simmer
lightly or the liquid should only be steaming hot (with the cover on). Boiling will make the beef stringy and dry, will ruin
the flavor of the broth and m ake the vegetables mushy - the results will be like stew from a can. Some Crock-Pots have
probes which will allow you to set the desired temperature.
When using a Crock-Pot for beef stew, take an extra step for flavor and brown the floured beef cubes in oil before
transferring them to the Crock-Pot. Then add all the vegetables at the beginning; set the Crock-Pot to 170- 190°F and
leave to cook from 5-8 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (4245g)|
|Recipe Makes: Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 3187 (50%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 354.1g||472 %|
|Saturated Fat 141.6g||708 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 152.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 15.6g|
|Cholesterol 1228mg||378 %|
|Sodium 2265.2mg||78 %|
|Potassium 13476.4mg||355 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 381.2g||112 %|
|Dietary Fiber 52.6g||211 %|
|Sugars, other 328.5g|
|Protein 391.4g||559 %|
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Calories per serving: 6352
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