To kick it up a bit, I mixed in some chipotle powder in with the flour before dredging. Browned the beef in bacon fat. Best beef stew!
Love this recipe and make it all the time--I add celery to it but that is the only modification I make.
Best beef stew ever! I have never made beef stew with wine and tomato paste, and I have to admit I was a tad skeptical. I did omit the peas, simply because I am not a fan of mushy peas. I cooked it on high for 5 hrs and next time I will cook it on high 5 1/2 hrs but other than that, all I can say is.....best beef stew ever!
This is a hearty stew! I have made it numerous times. Added garlic to the onions while sautéing. Have also added baby Bella mushrooms to the sauté. Yum!
I loved this recipe! First time I didn't let the wine reduce--and it wasn't a great wine. I also only cooked it for 7 hours on low and the carrots were crunchy and the potatoes weren't as soft as I would have liked. This time I used a Cab ($10 bottle), and let it reduce by half. I also threw in maybe an 1/8th tsp of black pepper, and I sliced celery, carrots, and made smaller chunks of potato to be sure it was cooked through. I also cooked it on high for 5+ hours--everything was SO tender. I also bought stew beef--saved some time, and I used oil as needed. Finally, I highly recommend the Wegman's Pan Searing flour if you have a Wegman's near you--I just love it for this and other recipes (no, I don't work for Wegman's). My two teenage boys LOVE this recipe!!
Made it without the tomato paste. Came out pretty good. I'm cooking it for the second time today.
Very good, would make it again for sure. Did not deviate from the original recipe and have no changes I would make.
I love this recipe! I sometimes use the tomato paste and sometime I do not. It is great both ways. Also add as many vegetables as you like you can't go wrong with this especially in the slow cooker. Corey www.coreysbeachwear.com
Great Recipe. Fantastic flavor and will definitely cook again. I like a little heat in most dishes so I added a small amount of cayenne pepper and came out great. Only used 1 large onion but added a package of beef onion soup mix and more salt than the recipe calls for. Also added mushrooms and with the 2 cups of beef broth and 1 cup of dry wine, there was plenty of gravy so served it over egg noodles.
A cab or red zin would be dryer than a merlot. Depends on what type of red table wine, some can be dry. I usually go with a cab when a recipe calls for a dry red wine.
Less wine, more beef stock, (yum)!!
I didn't know what is a dry red wine. Doesn't say on the bottles. I used a table wine, but I think, after tasting it, that it needed to be a dryer wine. Is a merlot the best? Definitely there was not enough broth. It needed twice as much broth. Double the carrots and potatoes too. I am wondering if turnips would be good instead of double potatoes ... I didn't think more salt is needed.
I bet on making this at a dinner party and it was not good at all. Definitely lacked flavor and the meat was much tougher than the one for the tacos, which I had NOT browned before. Will not make this again.
I totally agree with most all the comments below ~ I have a GREAT family beef stew I've been making for 30 yrs & I NEVER brown the meat, so skip the oil! This recipe uses a huge amt of meat compared to vegetables ~ I use 1 lb carrots, 2 lb potatoes, 1-10 oz. Pkg Froz Peas. For seasonings, I use 2 Tbsp. Seasoned Salt in liu of Salt, 3 tsp. Black Pepper & 2 tsp. Dried Basil for Bay Leaf; 2-8 oz. Cans Hunts Sauce in place of Tomato Paste.
I added 1/4 cup of salt and 1/8th cup of pepper plus half a cup of Worcester sauce. Also added a cup of Merlot wine. After that we drank the rest of the bottle, added a Caesar Roquefort salad and garlic sourdough bread and it was very good.
You can cut a whole bunch of calories, by leaving out the 1/3 c. olive oil. I never brown ahead of time....just throw everything in the cooker and it turns out great. Meat will have a brown color anyway.
I made this for a family dinner and everyone loved it. Even our little ones. Recipe needs a little extra salt though. Easy and delicious!!!!!
We love this recipe!!! Definitely worth the wait!
This was delicious! It needed a little salt and pepper at the end, but overall would definitely make it again.