Monday, September 10, 2012

Nana’s Hearty Beef Stew


Getting a recipe from my mom is a lesson in decoding the past.  My notes read something like this...  Put some flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a paper bag.  "How much mom?" my mom answers
"Just enough"  That is how all her recipes are received.  I am going to have to take these one at a time and recreate them to try and save those family recipes.

This is the same beef stew that I grew up on and the same stew my mom grew up on.  My grandma shared this recipe with my mom and now I get to share it with my daughter (and you!).  It is such an incredibly hearty stew, it is thick, rich and delicious.  We love it and you are going to love it too!

Dinner's Ready!
 
With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Nana’s Hearty Beef Stew
makes approximately 12 cups – serves 6

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup flour
1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, divided
1½ teaspoons paprika
2lbs stew beef
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 pound red potatoes, diced
1 pound baby carrots, cut in half
4-6 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon gravy master

In a gallon size resealable bag, combine flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and all paprika. Set aside.

In a large heavy bottom pot, heat oil over medium heat.   Add beef to flour mixture in resealable bag a handful at a time.  Shake to cover beef.  Remove beef from flour and shake gently to remove loose flour.  Place coated beef in pan, brown on all sides.  Continue adding beef and turning cooked pieces, remove any pieces that are fully cooked and place in your upside down pot lid.

Once all beef is browned, put it all back into the pot.  Add tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, gravy master and add enough beef broth to cover beef and vegetables.

Cover and cook 25-30 minutes, until stew is thickened and veggies are tender.

Serve and enjoy!

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14 comments:

  1. Wonderful this dish. I make a similar stew every so often. Difficult to resist to this!

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  2. Oh yeah - love beef stew! We have a high today of 78. Fall is already in the air and I'm ready. I want to make this and go camping. Tell your mom thanks for this one - a true family classic. Have a great week Donna.

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  3. It looks hearty and comforting!

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  4. Yummy Donna, I love recipes that are passed on and on and on like this one. It looks wonderful and perfect for these starting to be cool fall days!

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  5. Got this for the crock pot? :-)

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    1. No, I sure don't. The fabulous flavor in this recipe comes from browning the meat first. This recipe wouldn't translate to a crock pot. But perhaps I will work on a crock pot recipe for this fall.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      XOXO

      Donna

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    2. if it helps any, I brown ALL my meat before I put it in the crockpot, no matter what the recipe.. can't beat added layers of flavor. Then, as in stew, I add water or red wine to the browned bits (Fond) and loosen with a wooden spoon, then add that to the meat.. then proceed with the rest of the recipe. or, if the veggies need to be browned as well, I take the meat out after it's browned and toss in the veggies real quick to get some color and flavor, THEN loosen the fond with the water or wine and add to the slow cooker.

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  6. Got this for the crock pot? :-)

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  7. This sounds and looks so delicious, but what is gravy master?

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    1. Its a seasoning and browning sauce. You can find it in your local grocery store. Either in the baking aisle by the seasonings or by the gravy. Enjoy!

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  8. What is Gravy Master?

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    1. Its a seasoning and browning sauce. You can find it in your local grocery store. Either in the baking aisle by the seasonings or by the gravy. Enjoy!

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    2. I don't know about other areas, but around here we don't have Gravy Master, but we DO have Kitchen Bouquet.. same thing. it's a browning agent, awesome for those that can't quite make a dark gravy, but comes out sorta grey? lol.. Just a tiny bit of this makes any gravy dark and deeelicious. Usually found somewhere close by the Worcestershire sauce in our stores, I'm guessing in others as well.

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  9. I made this tonight. It was DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

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