Wintertime Braised Beef Stew
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 2 hours
Makes8 servings (2 quarts)
This was pretty good, and a nice change from my usual slow-cooker beef stew. I bought an oven-proof dutch oven just to make this!
This was delicious and rich tasting! I added some baby bella mushrooms and a sprig of rosemary. Made the house smell wonderful!
I made this today and it is fabulous! I did use baby gold Yukon’s instead of parsnips, and reduced the red wine to a splash to deglaze then the unsalted beef broth. Couldn’t find currant jelly and don’t see the point anyway. I like more of a gravy consistency for stew so I increased the flour to 1/4 cup when tossed with the beef. You can easily doctor this up to taste—I added garlic powder, onion powder to the flour because I didn’t have Montreal seasoning. When I tasted 1/2 way through cooking, I found it needed some umph so I added a bit of A-! Sauce and Worcestershire sauce and really like the richness this added. Check the salt throughout, to keep it well seasoned. Really really good.
It turned out awesome. Definitely the best recipe for beef stew that I’ve come across. I doubled the recipe for a family of 5. I did have to substitute ingredients because 2 items I couldn’t find at the store; cranberry sauce instead of red currant jelly, fresh thyme instead of fresh oregano. I used a dry red wine, no beef broth. I used the crockpot on high for 4 hours; I don’t own a Dutch oven pot. First, I pan fried the beef with flour on it. As the recipe says I boiled all the ingredients on the stove top except for the beef. I put the beef at the bottom of the crockpot and pored the boiling mixture on top of it. Cooked for 4 hours on high. I totally forgot the beans but I might add them to my leftovers. My kids don’t like stew but they all finished their plates!
We loved it, couldn't find red currant jelly so used a red berry blend. The parsnips were a great addition and I'm glad we used the wine for the liquid. Worked fine using the instapot, done in 50 minutes. We'll be making this again.
Very, Very good!! I used potatoes instead of parsnips. Added 1 Tbsp each of vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and cooked in the slow cooker. Yummy!!
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I followed this recipe exactly except used black currant jelly as I couldn't find red. I also used sirloin and red wine. In my opinion the parsnips were fine, but if I couldn't find them, I would substitute potatoes. This was the best stew I've ever made and that includes another stew recipe I've been using for years that I thought couldn't be beat. I took it to my women's group and it was a major hit. I had one woman who raved about it tell me her mother and grandmother are fabulous cooks, but this recipe even beat theirs. So....there you have it! I'll definitely be switching out my stew recipes and using this one from now on.
Pretty typical stew. I knew to not use parsnips though. No current jelly, never keep it around the house since 1963. Will stick to my usual stew though.