Beef-Vegetable Stew

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 posted by Joan
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Plan your favorite activities and foods to welcome winter back.  Give your family homemade winter greetings like cards, notes and engraved rocks. Warm up with delicious beef stew. This hearty and healthy dish is the perfect comfort food to keep you feeling good.  It can be prepared in advanced and reheated in the pot.  You may have to add a cup of water or so if the stew thickens up.  I use Merlot red wine, but any decent red win is fine for stew.  Beef stew can be frozen without the potatoes.

Ingredients:

1 lb beef stew meat
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup dry red wine
28 oz low-sodium beef broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 medium turnip
1 small onion diced
2 medium potatoes
1 package (16 oz) baby carrots
2 handfuls of green beans
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)

Preparation

  1. Cut the beef into 1 inch pieces.  Combine 3 Tbsp. flour,  paprika and pepper.  Toss beef with flour mixture.
  2. Cook beef, in batches, in hot oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat turning often.  Cook 4 to 6 minutes until brown.  Remove meat from pot.  Add red wine to pot, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pot.  Add beef to pot, add broth, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, pepper.  Bring to boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.
  3. Peel turnip and cut into small cubes. Cut baby carrots in half.  Halve mushrooms.  Dice onions. Add to stew.  Bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat stirring occasionally for 1 hour.
  4. Peel and quarter potatoes.  Add potatoes to stew. Bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat and cool until vegetables and meat are tender. About 1/2 hour.
  5. Combine 2 Tbsp flour and 1/4 cup water. Whisk or mix well with fork. Add to stew and stir until smooth.  If stew is not thick enough, repeat.  Cook stirring often for 15 minutes.  Add green beans and cook for another 5 minutes until the green beans turn bright green but are still crunchy.
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