HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating the winter holidays with your friends and family. Now, it’s time to kick off the year with some new winter recipes! Guess what else is new? These bowls! My sister-in-love got them for me for Christmas and I LOVE them. They arrived on the day of the Stew-Making. I ripped them right out of the box and rinsed them and poured this stew directly into them for photos.
It’s finally starting to freeze around here (so unusual!), so the warm foods are still in rotation around our house. Beef stew is the ideal cold-weather comfort food. It’s hearty and hot! My secret are the spices – they just deepen your sauce and make you feel cozy inside and out. This is a simple recipe and you most likely will have most of these things on hand! As I was researching, many stews called for Worcestershire sauce, and although it’s a great seasoning, the most common brands in the US now come with added corn syrup for sweetness. This is a sugar-free way to enjoy a classic meal.
At the Farmers Market, I found some stew meat, and thought it was the perfect idea for that particularly chilly day. Although it takes a long time, this is a great recipe for if you’re hanging out around the house on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and want something filling for dinner. Once you make it, it also is great for leftovers. We had enough to last us almost more days!
I found this recipe oddly reminiscent of our Soy Sauce Pot Roast, even though this one has a few more ingredients. They’re both comforting, with meat that breaks down under a long, slow simmer. You won’t regret giving this the time it needs – when it starts to make your whole house smell like dinnertime, it’s nearly ready!
Easy Homestyle Beef Stew
- 1 pound stew beef local
- 1 T. oil
- 3 large cloves garlic
- 2 C. chopped carrots
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 C. chopped celery
- 1/2 t. allspice
- 1/2 t. paprika
- 2 C. water
- 2 bay leaves whole
- 3 red potatoes about 3 C
- 2 t. soy sauce
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- Sear meat in hot oil, using a heavy pan or dutch oven.
- Add garlic and cook in beef and oil juices until aromatic.
- Chop and add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a very low simmer, and cover for 3.5 hours.
GLUTEN FREE OPTION: Use Gluten Free soy sauce, such as Tamari.