Apple Beef Stew Recipe
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Apple Beef Stew Recipe

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Just about everyone has a recipe they know by heart. Well, this is mine. It's easy because all the ingredients (except the salt) are in measurements of two.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 55 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 55 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and cut into wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 526 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 163 mg cholesterol, 238 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 46 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, brown beef in butter. Add onions; cook until lightly browned. Sprinkle with flour and salt. Gradually add water and apple juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  2. Place the bay leaves, allspice and cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to pan.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  4. Add carrots and apples; cover and simmer 15 minutes longer or until the meat, carrots and apples are tender. Discard spice bag. Thicken if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apple Beef Stew in Country August/September 1999, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"needs more carrots otherwise really good"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"For ASH_21:

there is ground allspice and whole allspice seeds"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"Very good stew...very fun and fallish! Used a coffee filter instead of cheesecloth for spice bag though."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I'm confused.... what is (2) whole allspice?"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

" This does sound very good.  I think it would be fine in the crockpot also, making the house smell so yummy after a hard day at work!  :)

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