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Traditional Beef Stew

Traditional Beef Stew goes back a long way in history. It is considered one of the most popular home cooked meals across the country. The popularity of traditional Beef Stew has survived over such a long period of time because it is a delicious, wholesome, economical and easy to cook dish. In spite of many new recipes evolving over the years nothing has been able to rival the comfort of the famous Beef Stew.

Almost every house has an expert who knows how to cook Beef Stew, however, here is the recipe once again for you to learn how to cook Beef Stew in the most traditional way;

Traditional Beef Stew
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  • Boneless chuck roast: 3 lbs (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • Vegetable oil: 3 tbsp
  • Salt: 2 tsp
  • Pepper: 1 tbsp freshly ground
  • Yellow onions: 2 (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • Flour: ¼ cup
  • Garlic: 3 cloves (minced)
  • Red wine: 1 cup
  • Beef broth: 3 cups
  • Rosemary: ½ tsp (dry)
  • Bay leaf: 1
  • Thyme: ½ tsp (dry)
  • Carrots: 4 (peeled, cut into 1-inch slices)
  • Celery stalks: 2 (cut into 1-inch slices)
  • Russet potatoes: 3 large (peeled and cut in eighths)
  • Fresh parsley: to garnish (optional)
  1. Use a large heavy pot with a tight lid to prepare this dish. Put the cooking vessel on medium heat and add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot add the beef and fry till brown. After the beef is brown add salt and pepper, mix well and remove from the pan.
  2. Now add onions to the same pan and saute till it softens. Once the onions are pink add flour and reduce the heat. Keep stirring to make sure that the flour doesn't catch the bottom of the pan. After frying the flour for approximately two minutes, add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
  3. Now pour wine into the cooking pan and deglaze it. As the wine starts to simmer the flour will get thickened. After simmering the wine for five minutes add the broth along with the bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and the cooked beef. Close the lid and cook for one hour on low heat. After an hour add the potatoes, carrots and celery and cook for another thirty minutes.
  4. Once the meat and vegetables are soft turn of the heat off and let the dish sit for fifteen minutes, before serving you may garnish with fresh parsley. Now you know how to cook Beef Stew in the most conventional style