- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1/3 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1-1/4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 pound baby portobello mushrooms, halved
- 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 2 medium parsnips, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 medium turnip, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- Preheat oven to 325°. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon.
- Add remaining oil to pan. Add onions; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add broth and wine, stirring to remove browned bits from pan. Stir in thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Return beef to pan; bring to a boil. Bake, covered, 1-1/4 hours.
- In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Add sweet potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips and turnip to pan. Bake, covered, 45-60 minutes longer or until beef and vegetables are tender. If desired, strain cooking juices; skim fat. Return cooking juices to Dutch oven. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Light-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.
Reviews for Hearty Beef & Sweet Potato Stew
"Very disappointed. I used only 1/2 the amount of turnips and parsnips, which was a good thing because we did not like them in the stew and ended up picking them out and throwing them away. We enjoyed the addition of the sweet potatoes and mushrooms though. Overall found the broth too salty and thin. I usually flour the beef before browning, to make a thicker broth in beef stew. I also agree with the other reviewer who pointed out that there is not enough broth to cover the vegetable, so the vegetables did not get as tender as I would have. liked We have a lot left over and no one is looking forward to the leftovers. My husband did not even like it and he usually likes everything, so we will probably throw away the rest. Waste of time and money."
"This stew was wonderful and the broth was to die for. My main recommendation is to make one and a half recipes of the broth because the liquid didn't cover everything. My carrots were still a little on the crunchy side. Plus the broth was so good, you can drink it. Serve with toasted French bread and you won't regret it :)"
"This was great. I made it a little different because of the turnips, parsnips and mushrooms. I instead added extra sweet potatoes and added white potatoes . I actually didn't realize I had ran out of thyme and found out Italian seasoning was a good substitute for it and also had to sub the red white with white. It turned out great."
"The sweet potatoes are a fun change of pace, and I also liked the mushrooms. This recipe also transitions well to the slow cooker."
"This was ok. I probably wouldn't make it again. I like the idea of sweet potatoes better than regular..."
"I really liked the sweet and savory flavor of this stew. I did omit the turnips (personal preference), and add some green beans for both bulk and color. Definitely a keeper"
"Hubby and I really enjoyed this. I really like the addition of sweet potatoes in place of regular white potatoes. I'll make this again."
"Pretty good! I'll keep this one!"