Because who wouldn’t want a huge bowl of steaming beef stew on a snowy day like today? This also happens to be one of my husband’s very favorite meals. Add in some Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits and I can ask for my Christmas wishes at dinnertime! ;o)
I usually have most of the items in my pantry so it’s easy to fix and forget either in the crockpot or in a big pot on the stove.
I usually make this in the crock pot, but today I didn’t get started until lunch time so I made it in a pot on the stove. If you have eight to ten hours to simmer this in the crock pot on low, that is the ideal way to make it so the meat has lots of time to tenderize. The nice thing about stew is that you can buy an inexpensive cut of meat, and it will end up tender since it cooks a long time. I look for stew meat that is discounted due to being close to the expiration date or a cheap chuck roast and cut it up myself.
For this recipe, I had somewhere between two and three pounds of stew meat that I tossed right in the pot and mixed with 1/2 c. of flour,
1 tsp. pepper, and 1 1/2 tsp. salt.
Oh, you’re kitchen is going to smell sooo good!
That’s it! Nothing else needed ’cause it’s all in the pot already!
Now, serve yourself up a big, steaming bowl and enjoy a hearty one pot meal your man is sure to love!
Oh, and one more thing…don’t forget to take that bay leaf out before you serve it! Or, you can do like I do and say whoever finds the bay leaf in their bowl gets to clean up dinner! :o)
Beef Stew Grocery List
2-3 lbs. stew meat or beef cut into large chunks
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups beef broth
2 lbs. potatoes (amount is adjustable)
2 stalks of celery (plus leaves)
1 small onion
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic
2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
1 tsp. paprika