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I'm Leila. I love to make food. My recipes are fresh & simple but only because I'm lazy.

 

Beef Stew for You!

Beef Stew for You!

Let's describe this meal, shall we? Nourishing, comforting, warming, simple, delicious, aromatic. Do I need to say more?

Leila's Beef Stew

serves 4-6

Ingredients-

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 lb. chuck roast, cut in bite-sized pieces (fat removed)
  • 2 T. butter (optional)
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 T. fresh thyme leaves, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 2  1/2 C. carrots, peeled and cut bite-size
  • 2  1/2 C. itty-bitty potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 bottle dark beer (mine was 11.2 oz)
  • 5.5 oz tomato juice
  • 4 C. beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 T. fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 T. flour (optional)

Preparation-

Salt and pepper meat. In a large pot or dutch oven on high heat and in two separate batches brown the meat in a little oil. Set aside. 

In the same pot, lower the heat to medium/high, caramelize the onion, garlic and thyme in butter or oil.

When the onions are golden, add meat, veggies, beer, tomato juice, beef stock & bay leaf to the pot. Salt and pepper generously. 

Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. For a slightly thicker stew, remove one cup of broth from the pot, stir in 2 T. flour and return to the pot.

Simmer for 2 hours, uncovered, stirring occasionally. If the meat is not buttery-tender, cook it longer. Remove from heat and toss in fresh parsley. Beautiful! Serve it with Leila's "Dynamic Garlic Bread"

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