Recipe: Beef Stew

I thought I'd post my first recipe, after seeing Mulberry blog about this Tom Aiken recipe. I figured, if a luxury fashion brand company can blog about food, so can I! :P (BTW, I will definitely try this Aiken slow roast lamb and post the results here.)

I love making stews and braises, especially during the winter. There's something about their smell that just screams "comfort". Plus, they're soooo easy to make. I've only been cooking and baking for about two years, and stews are one of the primary dishes that anyone can do.

 Here's my beef stew recipe, which is pretty much influenced by a combination of recipes I've read from Jean Anderson's Falling Off The Bone and Molly Steven's All About Braising (I highly recommend these two books...worth every penny) that I've made into my own.

5 quart cast-iron pot or a Dutch oven (I use a 7 quart, as that's all we have, but the 5 qt is the best all-around size.)
4 strips of bacon
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 lbs. beef chuck cut into cubes
1 large yellow onion (or two small ones) roughly chopped
1 large bay leaf, or two small ones
3 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of canned tomato puree (or two fresh tomatoes)*
1 cup red wine
1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken or beef broth (beef obviously is preferred)
3 medium carrots peeled and cut into chunks (Put aside one carrot.)
2 celery stalks roughly chopped
4 to 5 mini potatoes
*Most stews require more tomatoes than the above mentioned, but since my family is not big on tomatoes, I had to cut the amount. Otherwise, you can put in 1 6-oz can of tomato paste.

1) Fry the bacon for a few minutes (stove on medium-high heat) until crispy. Take out the bacon but leave the drippings. Add in the olive oil. Put the beef cubes in and brown for about 8 minutes. Do the browning in batches so that the cubes are not crowded in the pot.

2) Take the beef out of the pot after browning and transfer onto a plate, then add into the pot the onions, bay leaf, one carrot, and the garlic. Saute for 5 minutes.

3) Add the tomato puree, then saute for another two minutes.
4) Add the wine and simmer for two minutes.
5) Add the broth and simmer for another 2 minutes.
6) Add the beef with all the juices and bring to a simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours, covered and on low heat. Make sure it's just simmering and not boiling. Check it after 10 minutes to make sure. Stir once in awhile (about after every twenty minutes).
7) Add the remaining carrots, celery and potatoes, and simmer for another 45 minutes covered. Jamie Oliver suggests in his book Food Revolution to take out the cover during the last half hour when making a stew, but I suggest doing it for the remaining 20 minutes. This just leaves enough liquid.

 The finished product. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves about 4 to 5 adults.
If you're serving this with mashed potatoes, you can totally cut out the mini potatoes. What you do is do the first simmer with the beef for 2 hours, then add the carrots and celery and simmer for another 30 minutes.

If by any chance someone out there makes this, do let me know how it turned out:)


JustPatience said…
Beef stew is my absolute favorite served with white rice. This looks so yummy.
rooth said…
God this looks fantastic. I really like how you can eat something like this for a few days - with bread, rice, just about anything
Gotta love a bit of comfort food during these cold months.

Thanks for your comment :) xx
MrsBitchface said…
wowwww!!! these days im trying to lose sime weight, but as fast as i get it, i swear im going to try this recipe!!! OMG!! love it!!! it looks yummy, congrats!!! we need more recipes of you here!

Unknown said…
This looks super yummy & delicious!
Elly said…
wow this looks delicious! :)
I love it! One of my favourites! <3<3
MMMMM you are bad, now is 12:00 am and i'm hungry =)

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Unknown said…
Oh this looks amazing; I'm now starving! xo
Cri said…
OMG OMG OMG OMG NOW I HAVE TO EAT SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU MADE ME FEEL SO HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cooked this one with wine and... FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to remember what happened, but in the end all was so good! hahahaha

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rooth said…
Guess what? I tried your recipe last night and it was super easy. Mine ended up a little more red than yours but I added a good amount of tomato paste. I also threw in some baby red potatoes. Thanks again for sharing your rendition on beef stew
Vanessa V. said…
I have to try, it looks sooooo nhami eheh :)
Vanessa V. said…
I have to try, it looks sooooo nhami eheh :)
Shoe Belle said…
Droool!!! Looks yummy!!!:p
elite barcelona said…
OMG , it looks so yummy !!
Emmylou said…
Thanks, everyone....seriously...I didn't think people would like a recipe post.
Anonymous said…
nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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