The weather is cooling off, the nearly dead leaves have almost completely fallen. It smells crisp out, you know that smell right? I don’t know about you but this time of year makes me crave comfort food you must eat from a bowl or with a hot cup of coffee. That’s why I’m bringing you my recipe for homemade simple beef stew. The best part? It’s made with ingredients you most likely have in your pantry already. This isn’t a recipe I usually have to buy anything for when I go shopping. Why? Staples, people, pantry staples. I don’t like fancy ingredients or spices that I have to run all over to buy. Plus beef stew is hearty and delicious just the way it is!
I start out with the beef. I usually buy a roast to get a bigger bang for my buck and multi-purpose my meals. You can read about that here. Cut it up into bite sized pieces.
I don’t cook it all the way through. I just brown it and dump the contents of the pan on a plate and set it aside. This takes about 3-4 minutes on medium/high. I use 1 pan to cook my stew for quicker clean up! While the meat browns I peel and chop my onion.
Moving on to the crying part. My family doesn’t like to go overboard with onion so I usually just use half of a medium sized yellow onion. Toss that baby in with 1 tablespoon of oil. I use vegetable oil, but you could use whatever you have on hand.
Once the onion is translucent I turn the heat up to high and pour the water into the pot. I add the tomato paste, beef base, salt and pepper to taste and pour about 1/4 of a cup of worcestershire sauce in. This ingredient is to taste. I grew up in the south so I love my wooster! I use about 1/4 of a cup. (The secret is in the wooster, for real). I stir that up until the tomato paste and beef base is dissolved.
Toss in the potatoes, carrots and meat, garlic then salt and pepper it to taste.
Get your handy little tasting spoon out and give it a try. Good? Great! Now put a lid on it and turn the heat down to a solid low(ish) heat. My gas stove has numbers from 1-8. I put mine on 3 and put the lid on. I walk away for an hour and come back. If you cut the veggies up small enough it should be done by now. If the veggies are done to your liking and you’re ready to eat you just need to thicken it up. Turn the heat up to high. Once it’s boiling pour in your cornstarch mixture and stir until it’s thick. Turn the heat off and eat!
I make cornbread to go with mine. Seriously what’s better than hot cornbread and homemade beef stew?! I did tell you I’m from the South, right? Just give me a glass of iced tea and I’m in heaven.
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