- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a large saucepan, brown beef in oil; drain. Stir in the cider, water, vinegar and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until the meat is tender.
- Add the carrots, celery, potato and onion; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Reviews forCider Beef Stew
"This is so easy to put together and it really hit the spot on a cold night! The photo accurately shows that this is not brothy but is, rather, like a casserole. I wanted it to be more like a traditional stew so I added two or three cups of beef broth and an extra 1/4 tsp. of thyme. The apple cider does not make this dish taste sweet. It’s just a really delicious, savory meal. Even with my addition of liquid, it made just four bowls of stew. Last night I ate one bowl and my husband ate two. I plan to give him the remaining bowl for lunch today, and I wish I had made more! Now I know to double or triple the recipe next time."
"This is my favorite beef stew recipe! The cider adds a beautiful, comfort-food flavor. It only serves four, so I have to at least double it for my family. I've tried apple juice when I'm out of cider, but the cider adds more flavor. Otherwise I don't change a thing, except for omitting the celery. :D"
"Using previous reviews of this recipe as a guide, I cooked this in the slow cooker today. Doubled the recipe so we'd have leftovers. I browned the stew meat on the stovetop, transferred the meat to my slow cooker, added the liquid (I used fresh-pressed apple cider) to the pan, and brought it to a boil while scraping up the fond from the bottom of the pan. Then I poured the liquid over the meat in the slow cooker and added the onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. Cooked it on low for 6 hours (5 would have been adequate) and added a couple of handfuls of frozen peas an hour before serving. My daughter's boyfriend ate two bowls of this stew. Now I can't decide which stew recipe I prefer, this one or the NY Times one that calls for a couple of bottles of Guinness Stout."
"This stew is delicious! My dad doesn't care for a sweet taste with his meat but he has no trouble eating this stew. It is delicious as written but I like to replace the peeled, cubed potato with a half pound of tiny potatoes. I was out of onions but had a bag of pearl onions in the freezer and added them at the end. I added a a touch of french onion soup base since the onions would not have a chance the flavor the stew. I also increased the liquid ingredient by half because we like plenty of gravy. Definitely a recipe for the "Keep Book"."
"LOVE to make this delicious beef stew on a cold winter's day! I increase the ingredients so we have leftovers the next night. Also, when adding the cider, I loosen the browned bits of beef on the bottom of the pot. As the liquid mixture boils, it enhances that flavor of beefy goodness to the stew!"
"I've made this recipe with apple juice and apple cider. Both are great, but the apple cider adds a little edge that makes it my favorite. I love to share this dish with friends."
"This stew was really good. I used sparkling cider that I had leftover from the holidays, added a can of cream of mushroom with roasted garlic, and a half of green pepper. Also, I browned the meat according to the directions, but finished the rest in the slow cooker on low for 6hrs.From now on this is the only beef stew recipe I will use. Yum"