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Homemade Apple Cider Beef Stew

It's especially nice to use this recipe in fall, when the weather gets crisp and Nebraska's apple orchards start selling fresh apple cider. This entree's subtle sweetness is a welcome change from other savory stews. We enjoy it with biscuits and slices of apple and cheddar cheese. -Joyce Glaesemann, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, brown beef on all sides in oil over medium-high heat; drain. Add the cider, broth, vinegar, salt, thyme and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
  • Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and onions; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until beef and vegetables are tender.
  • Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. If desired, serve with fresh thyme.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 330 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 628mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • Cam625
    Nov 8, 2020

    This is delicious. I like more gravy so I added an extra cup of cider and an extra can of broth . It has great flavor- family devoured it!

  • aadorris
    Oct 26, 2020

    This is just delicious!!! I added chopped butternut squash because I had some to use. I added more broth because I like my stew more soupy.

  • GigiMarieMeme
    Jun 3, 2020

    I had cider in the refrigerator that I wanted to finish off, and this stew really hit the spot on a cool spring evening. My husband and I really liked the sweetness imparted by the cider. Next time I’ll probably include green beans but it was great as written. I will make this again!

  • s_pants
    Feb 20, 2016

    I loved this stew, though my husband prefers stew without the apple cider. I think it adds just enough sweetness! It got rather thick and by the third night (I loved it so much I ate it 3 nights in a row!) there was no sauce. Next time I think I will follow a previous reviewer's suggestion of adding some water (or maybe beef broth). Plan to make again next week.

  • annrms
    Oct 7, 2015

    This weeks ingredient challenge was apples. I added parsnips and rutabagas to the ingredients and cooked it in my pressure cooker which only took 20 minutes! I like to refrigerate stew at least overnight for the flavors to blend so I made it on Sunday. I waited to thicken it until last night. I brought the stew to a high simmer and added a slurry of cornstarch, water, and browning sauce. The apple cider and apple cider vinegar made the gravy very savory. It's a keeper!

  • vegettossx4
    Feb 27, 2015

    My absolute favorite stew recipe. I'm not huge on onions and I'm not the biggest meat eater, so I half both of those ingredients. Otherwise, I love this stew. It is sweet and savory, and everything is tender and delicious mixed with the apple cider/juice flavor.

  • ettakarl
    Jan 2, 2015

    This was good but had too much cider for me. Next time I'll replace part of the cider with beef broth

  • char04
    Oct 19, 2014

    This was excellent. I made it in the crockpot. Turned out wonderful.

  • Dawnetteg
    May 11, 2014

    Love this recipe ! My mother in law makes one similar, and since tasting this yummy dish I am hooked!

  • gilleyk
    Sep 18, 2012

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