Winter Oven Beef Stew
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 2-1/4 hours
2.5 hours is not nearly long enough to get tender stew meat. I cooked mine for 3 hours and the large pieces of stew meat were still not tender. I'd suggest cooking this in a crock pot for 8-10 hours. If you must cook it in the oven, double the time, unless your pieces of stew meat are very small. I'd also suggest using less thyme, unless you really like it strong.
Best stew I ever made! I added 2 stalks celery. Used 1 cup red wine and 2 cups beef stock. Added carrots and potatoes right away. Just did the thawed peas at the end. Serve with a good loaf of bread. The gravy this makes is amazing.
One of the best oven-cooked stew recipes I've seen. Thawing the peas before adding is important. This stew is very flexible and forgiving - you can add the potatoes, peas and carrots at the beginning and just cook for the 2 1/4 hours.
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I'm just letting readers know the recipe ingredients don't include the potatoes and peas, but they are a part of the directions. It's not a major problem if you're a skilled chef, but for newbie and beginner cooks, it is problematic not having the proportions labeled with the ingredients.
LOVE IT! I made this stew earlier this week over steamed rice. Tonight I added beef broth and had a great Vegetable beef soup! Definitely a keeper!!!!
Very good. I made in my romertopf clay pot, but when adding the veggies had to move to a larger pot. Veggies were cooked in the hour .
We love this beef stew! It's my go-to stew. I've been making it several years now. The taste is wonderful, and the beef cubes get nice and tender.
I usually make my stew in a crock pot, but lately I've been enjoying the Dutch oven method. I made a couple of changes. I exchanged one cup of the beef broth for red wine. I also sauteed the carrots until they were lightly browned. It brings out a lovely flavor. I also just dumped everything back into the pot at one time. It seems like my potatoes and carrots never quite get done enough when I add them in later. I don't know how to describe the difference between making stew in the crock pot as opposed to the Dutch oven. The Dutch oven seems to give the stew a more robust flavor.
I made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious! Same recipe but I added a splash of Worcestershire sauce and served it in Pepperidge Farm pastry shells. Everyone loved it! I will make this again and again!