Hey everyone! If you are a follower of my blog, then you may remember a past post containing my love of stews and soups, plus my annoyance of guy friends who used that love against me. No worries though, I found out that he was just too lovable to stay mad at! Anyway, I finally found the time to start creating new recipes again, because let’s be honest, who really needs sleep? This is my recipe for beef stew. I hope you all enjoy!
-2lb Chuck Stew Meat
-6 Large Carrots
-Medium Head of Cabbage
-Three Large Zucchinis
-5 Cups White Mushrooms
-1 Medium pureed Yellow Onion
-1 Cup White Flour
-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
-6 Cups Beef Stock
-3/4 Cup Water
-1 Tbsp Salt
-1 Tbsp Pepper
- Cut the Chuck Meat into bit size pieces, a little bigger then the size of a quarter, and mix them in a bowl with 1/2 cup of the White Flour until they are fully coated.
- Put the Olive Oil (You can use any oil, but I like Olive Oil the best) and pureed Onion into a large sauce pan. After letting the sauce pan warm up for a bit, about two minutes, place the floured Chuck Meat into the sauce pan.
- Let the Chuck Meat brown for a little bit, until some of the outside redness is gone, and the pour the Beef Stock into the sauce pan with the Chuck Meat. Add the salt and pepper.
- Let the Chuck Meat cook int he pot for 30 minutes.
- While letting the Chuck Meat cook, chop the carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, and cabbage into bit size pieces.
- Make a “Cowboy Roux”. This is when you mix the remaining 1/2 Cup of White Flour with the 3/4 Cup of water. You will get a thick white liquid, kind of looks like really thin pancake batter. This is used to thicken soups and stews.
- Mix in the “Cowboy Roux” to the Beef Stock. Remember to pour in a little at a time and wait every other minute to pour in more so that you can get your desired thickness. Personally, I like mine really thick, so I put the whole thing in the sauce pan.
- Put the mushrooms, carrots, zucchini and cabbage into the sauce pan
- Let it cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, or until the carrots are chewable.
- Serve and Enjoy!
So guys, this a just a very basic recipe for Beef Stew that i came up with. It is so basic, that I can almost promise that everyone has this same recipe in one of their cook books at home. But I like to think of this as my original recipe because I made it without using a recipe. Don’t judge me, everyone wants to feel special! Like I said, this recipe is very basis, amd it is because it is basic, that you have more freedom to make changes. You can add red peppers to it to give it more color or some corn to give it another texture. The freedom is your to make it however you desire.