The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Beef Stew – A Comforting and Hearty Meal
A hearty bowl of beef stew is a comfort food that has been enjoyed for generations. With its rich and flavorful broth, tender chunks of meat, and vegetables, it is a meal that warms the soul and satisfies the palate. Whether you are looking for a hearty lunch or dinner, this classic dish is the perfect solution.
Preparing the Ingredients
2 lbs Beef Chuck Roast cut into 2-inch chunks, excess fat removed
1 Tsp Kosher Salt
½ Tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat for non-gluten
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ Yellow Onion Chopped Large
4 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Large Carrot or two small-medium, cut into 2-inch chunks
2 Yukon Gold Potatoes diced into 2-inch pieces
2 Cups Beef Broth
¼ Cup Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Bay Leaves
2 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves to garnish
The Cooking Process
Preheat oven to 325° F.
Season the beef chunks on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over and toss the seasoned beef to coat it on all sides
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the beef in batches, on all sides, for 3-4 minutes per batch. Don’t worry about cooking the beef all the way through at this stage. Transfer the browned beef to a plate and set aside.
Add the onions, garlic, and carrots to the Dutch oven, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned.
Add the potatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring, and return the beef to the pot. Cover the Dutch oven, and transfer to the preheated oven
Cook the stew for 2-2.5 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Remove the bay leaf. Taste the stew and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve warm.
You may add an additional 1-2 cups of water or more broth if you like to have more broth on your stew