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Apple Beef Stew

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is almost tender.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 526 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 46g protein.

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  • crankyankee
    Oct 19, 2013

    needs more carrots otherwise really good

  • mifediba
    Dec 8, 2012

    No comment left

  • StitchCrazy68
    Dec 23, 2011

    For ASH_21:there is ground allspice and whole allspice seeds

  • cr_1295
    Oct 24, 2011

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

  • ash21
    Mar 8, 2011

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

  • HDMac_WA
    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!  :)

  • tyzoedust
    Jan 15, 2009

    Yummy! My family loved this twist on beef stew. Because all the water boiled down after cooking the beef, I added water enough to cover the veggies, along with some beef bouillon cubes to make the apple flavor more subtle. I also added cubed potatoes because I was nervous that there wouldn't be enough for my family of 5. I'm glad I did, and we ate it all!!