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Stew – A basic beef stew starter recipe

Home made stew is a hot healthy meal that can stand alone or be complemented with vegetable side dishes and homemade salad.


2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 pounds bottom round, sirloin or chuck roast trimmed and cut into bite size chunks
2 cups water or 1 cup water and 1 cup beef broth
3 large carrots, cut into bite size chunks
2 stalks celery, course diced
1 medium size yellow onion, course diced
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 or 3 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
3 bay leaves
2 to 4 medium size potatoes, cut into bite size chunks

Cooking your stew

In a large hot cast iron pot add oil and meat. Cook until meat has browned, about 10 minutes.
Add water/beef broth slow simmer meat for 1 hour until tender.
Add remaining spices and vegetables stir, add water/beef broth to cover meat and vegetables, cover cook pot with a tight fitting lid and slow simmer 45 to 60 minutes until meat and vegetables are tender.
Check your cook pot every 25 – 30 minutes, stir and add more water/beef broth as needed.

If you need to thicken the gravy, combine 1/4 cup cool/cold water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch stir until smooth. Mix with your stew. Stir and continue cooking.

Serve hot with cornbread, saltine crackers or fresh homemade buttered garlic toast.

Optional additions to your stew:
whole kernel corn
green beans
turnip or parsnip roots
mild/sweet chili or bell peppers
tomato’s blanched and peeled, course chopped or diced
* Add vegetables you like, omit vegetables that you dislike
** Any meat, lamb, chicken, pork or turkey can be used as a replacement for the beef used in this recipe.
*** wild game{rabbit or venison}, wild birds{quail or pheasant} work well in making homemade stew.
Hint: Wild game {rabbit, venison, quail or pheasant}, cook whole or quartered, de-bone returning meat to your pot before serving.
Wild game may require longer cooking times.