How to Make a Classic Beef Stew

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  • Classic Beef Stew
    Rich, savory beef stew is the perfect meal on a cold winter day. Beef stews traditionally contain cheaper cuts of beef, which are tough but full of flavor. Simmering these less expensive cuts of beef over low heat for a long time breaks down the tough fibers while retaining the flavor. The following recipe is a hearty mixture of rich beef, spices and tasty vegetables.

    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon sage
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 pounds cubed beef chuck
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 6 carrots, sliced
    • 3 stalks celery, sliced
    • 3 10.5-ounce cans beef broth

    1. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.

    2. Mix garlic powder, flour, salt, thyme, sage and pepper in a large zip-top bag.

    3. Add cubes of meat to bag and shake to coat. Brown cubes in oil, remove from pot and set aside.

    4. Brown chopped onion over medium heat, remove from pot and put aside.

    5. Drain fat from pot.

    6. Add browned onion, potatoes, carrots, celery, broth and browned meat to pot. Mix together and bring pot to a boil.

    7. Reduce temperature to low, cover with lid and simmer for two hours, occasionally stirring.

    Image Credit: laurafries.com
    Written By: Shannon R 
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