|Homemade Beef Stew with Cornbread|
The other day The Pioneer Woman, Ree, posted a recipe for Beef Stew with Paprika.....this looked very interesting to me! I love Beef Stew...it's so simple and hearty...and I happen to have lots of steak in my freezer that I am trying to repurpose....we just can't eat that much steak in a year! So this is my version of Ree's Beef Stew!
Beef Stew Mama D Style
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
2-5/8" thick chuck steaks (you could substitute stew meat)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
2 tsp Beef Base (or two beef Bouillon cubes)
1 bottle beer (or can)
1 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
1 tsp. cumin
4 to 6 carrots, peeled and diced
4 to 6 potatoes peeled and diced (or use red potatoes and just wash and dice)
1 can tomato sauce
Heat your olive oil and butter in a dutch oven (some people call this a spaghetti pot, stock pot....whatever works for you...as long as it has a lid!)
|Cut up chuck steak|
|Chopped Onion and Bell Pepper|
You want to throw those in the pot that you just removed the meat from...be sure and scrape up all those little stuck on pieces of meat on the bottom of the pan while you are stirring, they add lots of good flavor to your stew. Let this cook until you veggies are nice and soft.
|Softening those veggies.|
At this point we are gonna start adding some flavorings.
This would be a really good recipe to put in your crock pot....you could get it to this point and put it in the crock pot with the rest of your veggies and leave it till you got ready to eat.
Now for the last step. You need to add the rest of your veggies. The way I determined my veggie count was by the number of people I was feeding....when you are making soup the veggies are what makes that meat stretch....so my rule of thumb is one veggie per person. So since I have four people in my family I used 4 carrots and 4 potatoes for my stew.
|Four peeled and diced Carrots|
|Four Peeled and Diced Potatoes|
Add those to your pot with a can of tomato sauce....if you need to add a little more water go ahead.
|Adding Tomato Sauce|
|Giving it a good stir before cooking veggies!|
I hope all you folks stay warm and safe! God Bless, Mama D