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Friday, December 29, 2006
Favorite Ingredients Friday


Even though we haven't been hit by typical snowy/cold weather lately. It's still the right time of the year for this dish. I love a good stew, but must admit I don't really make it often. I found this Paula Deen recipe and decided to give it a try. I must admit I wasn't sure how one of her recipes would work out if it didn't include a pound of butter and a quart of cream. This was absolutely delicious. I served it with drop biscuits, and it was perfect.

Old-Time Beef Stew
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

1. 2 pounds stew beef
2. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3. 2 cups water
4. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
5. 1 clove garlic, peeled
6. 1 or 2 bay leaves
7. 1 medium onion, sliced
8. 1 teaspoon salt
9. 1 teaspoon sugar
10. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
11. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
12. Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
13. 3 large carrots, sliced
14. 3 ribs celery, chopped
15. 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.

Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.

To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

Now for what I did different. I didn't have ground allspice, so I placed a few whole ones in a tea infuser and dropped it in the pot. I didn't use stew meat. I prefer to buy a chuck roast and cut it up myself. I also left out the celery because mine was really sad looking, and I added two potatoes and peas because I like them in stew. I also modified the last step. I just used 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with a few tablespoons of water to make a slurry. I then added that to the whole pot and brought it back up to a boil for a minute or two, and then reduced it back to a simmer while the biscuits finished...maybe 5 minutes.


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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmm, beef stew sounds really good right about now. I think I need to make that next week! Thanks!

Blogger Michelle said...

I enjoy a good stew on a cold night too - this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds really good and I need a good stew recipe! I'm going to try this one sooner vs. later. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and your family too:)

Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

This sound really good! And I like your idea of cutting up your own meat!

Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

I love stew and this recipe sounds fantastic!

Thanks for taking the time to participate in my Favorite Ingredients Friday recipe exchange. I do appreciate it!

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