IMG_0641It’s now fall, the temperatures or going down so it’s time to crank up the soups and stews.  I have tried many different recipes of beef stews and have put together all the best little tricks to what I feel is second to nobody’s recipe.  A pot of beef stew is the ultimate comport food on a cold day.   I prefer to cook it in a pressure cooker but if you don’t have one a large soup pot will work just as well.   It is also a great recipe to cook in a crock pot.  This recipe will fill your house with an amazing smell.


2 to 3 pounds of stew beef
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
1 clove of garlic crushed
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons of salt
2 tablespoons of pepper
1 tablespoon of ground tyme
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 12 ounce can of beer of your choice
32 ounces of beef broth
1 small can of tomato paste
1 small can of diced tomatoes
12 ounces of spicy V8 juice
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 large freezer bag
3 carrots peeled and sliced
3 stalks of celery diced
2 medium onions diced
2 medium potatoes diced
1 medium bag of frozen peas
1.  Preparing the meat, place the flour in a large freezer bag.  Put the meat in the bag and shake it up so the meat is completly coated with flour.  In large soup pot heat oil and take the meat from the freezer bag and put in the hot oil.  Cook the meat until it is completly browned.  Add 2 cups of water.  If cooking in pressure cooker seal and cook pressurized for about 1/2 hour.  If in a pot, simmer for about 1 hour until meat is tender.  If your cooking it in a crock pot, transfer to the crock pot.  This is the most important part of great beef stew.  Your ultimate goal is to get the meat soft and tender.
2.  After meat is browned add the beef broth, V8 juice, worchershire sauce and beer.  Add the onions, potatoes, celery, and carrots, diced tomatoes, tomato paste,  thyme, paprika, bay leaves, garlic, salt and pepper.  
3.  If cooking in soup pot, simmer on low for at least 4 hours.  In a crock pot its obvious, set on 10 hours and come back after work to a bowl of heaven.  If cooking in a pressure cooker, bring to preasurized and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes.   Add the frozen peas to the stew a few minutes before serving.  Remove the bay leaves before serving, CHEERS !

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