During the winter when it is freezing out I want something that is satisfying and will warm me up. What better meal is there to warm up a person than beef stew. The cold will be around for a while so why wait.
Now when I make this dish, I don’t measure out anything. When I did make it using the below amounts, it made about 8 servings. This is a dish that exact measurements aren’t needed and you can add whatever you want. However, to help you in making the dish, I will give amounts for the ingredients which is pretty much what I used.
- 1 1/2 lb cubed steak (I used precut stew meat but you can buy a steak like sirloin and cut it up)
- 3 Carrots – peeled and rough chopped
- 6 Celery Stalks – rough chopped
- 1 Parsnip – peeled and rough chopped
- 2 Large Potatoes – peeled and rough chopped
- 1 Onion – peeled and rough chopped (pearl onions work well also and require no prep)
- 1/2 Frozen Peas
- 64 oz Beef Broth
- 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Gluten Free Flour or Corn Starch
Take your steak and coat in either the corn starch or flour. Heat oil in a large stock pot and sear off meat. You don’t want to cook the meat all the way through, just brown it. You sear it to seal in the juices. Also, you can do this in batches if the pot isn’t large enough.
After the meat is browned and removed from pot, add onions and more oil if needed. Saute the onions until soft and translucent. If you are using pearl onions, do not do this step. They will be added at the end.
When the onions are done, add some flour to make a roux. Cook this for a couple of minutes until the roux starts to brown. Add carrots, celery, parsnip, potatoes, beef, and stock. Stir well. Add any seasoning you like. They can be fresh or dried. I added some basil, oregano, black pepper and salt. Again this is to your preference. Bring the stew to a boil.
When it boils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 1 1/2 hours. When the stew is done, add the canned tomatoes and peas. If you are using pearl onions, add them also. Bring back to a boil and remove from heat. If the stew is still thin and not to your desired thickness, make a cornstarch slurry to add to it to thicken it up.
Serve with some nice crusty bread (Make sure it is Gluten Free), polenta cakes or some corn bread.