Winter weather can be unpredictable and tiring. We all know that warmth and nourishment are the key ingredients to surviving the winter and that’s why today we are introducing you to the perfect winter meal, easy beef stew.
This hearty, home-cooked dish is every beef lover’s dream come true. What’s more, it’s a great way to get your vegetables in as well!
The basic preparation for this dish calls for cubes of beef, potatoes, carrots, celery and onion. Start by browning the beef in a large pot with some oil, garlic and herbs. Once the beef is cooked, add in the vegetables and enough water to cover them all and season generously with salt and pepper, some bay leaves and a spoonful of tomato paste for extra flavor. Bring the stew to a boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for an hour or so, or until the vegetables are cooked through.
Once the stew is ready, go ahead and top it with some fresh herbs, and voilà—you have a delicious and luxurious meal, made in hardly no time. Serve it with a side of crusty French bread and you’ll have yourself a warm and comforting winter meal.
For those on the go who don’t have the luxury of time, you can always prepare the beef stew ahead of time, cool it down and freeze it for a later date. You won’t even have to reheat the beef stew since the thawed beef will be just as tender and flavorful.
For an even heartier, stick-to-your-ribs meal, add a can of drained chickpeas or kidney beans to the beef stew. This will also add additional flavonoids and proteins to your meal.
As you can see, easy beef stew is a great and simple option for a meal. So go ahead and make this delicious, winter-approved dish and enjoy it with your loved ones around the table. Stew is a great way to make use of the last of the winter vegetables while fighting off the chill of an icy winter evening. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced chef, you can easily make a delicious beef stew to warm up your home.
Start by selecting your cut of beef. Look for a beef chuck roast with some marbling, as this will provide lots of flavor and result in a tender texture. Next, you’ll need to prepare the ingredients. Peel and cube the potatoes, carrots, and onions. Then, season the beef with salt and pepper.
To begin cooking your stew, heat some oil in a Dutch oven and brown the cubed beef. Once it is nicely browned, remove the beef from the pot and sauté the vegetables. Make sure to scrape up any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot, as this will provide lots of extra flavor to the stew. Once the vegetables are nicely browned, add the beef back to the pot and stir in some beef broth. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about two and a half hours.
Once the beef is tender, stir in the frozen peas, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Finally, remove the pot from the heat, and let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
When you’re ready to enjoy your stew, ladle it into nice, big bowls topped with parsley and serve with freshly baked rolls. The combination of the tender chunks of beef, the heartiness of the potatoes, the sweetness of the carrots, and the delicious broth will leave you satisfied, yet wanting more.
There you have it, an easy beef stew that will become a family favorite. Enjoy!