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Comfort Food for Dinner Tonight: Old-Time Beef Stew

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am cooking a pot of Beef Stew for dinner tonight. Very simple to toss together and smells wonderful already. The recipe is one of Paula Deen's recipes.

Healthy Comfort Food!

Here's the recipe...

Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe


2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch


Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

*** I browned the meat and then tossed everything into the pot and cooked it for 2-1/2 hours. I then thickened the gravy by adding 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with enough water to mix it into a paste. I then stirred it into the stew and cooked it for a little while longer.

I also added a can of mushrooms. You could add any other vegetables that you like.

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 279.7
Total Fat: 10.5 g
Cholesterol: 86.2 mg
Sodium: 154.2 mg
Total Carbs: 9.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
Protein: 35.2 g

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    Yum! Wish I lived close enough to drop by your house at dinner time! emoticon
    2397 days ago
    This is very similar to the recipe I use Maria! I've been making this since my kids were little! It is the ultimate in comfort food! We always enJOY it during the winter months! Tasty & hearty! Yummy!

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2397 days ago
    Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a fall day!
    2397 days ago
    That's really good of you to post this. Thanks! That will be so nice on a cold fall/winter day. emoticon
    2397 days ago
    Sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the recipe.
    2397 days ago
    I love beef stew it is such a good, wholesome comfort food on a cold Fall or Winter Day..I love to make it in my crockpot.

    2397 days ago
    Hi, Maria! The stew sounds delicious. As you know, I never cook (just microwave!), but this recipe has me wanting to try it! Maybe I will....

    You said it makes six servings. Two questions:
    - About how much is each serving?
    - Can I freeze it?

    Thanks, Maria. emoticon
    2398 days ago
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